Daesh Truck Bomb Kills At Least 60 People South of Baghdad

A sucide attack by Daesh in Baghdad's Shiite-majority Hilla district killed 60 people and wounded more than 70. Attacks on Shiite neighbouroods in Iraq have been on the rise as hardline Sunni militant group Daesh attempts to strengthen is hold on Iraq. The picture above shows the aftermath of a suicide blast in Baghdad's Sadr City on February 28, 2016. The death toll from two suicide blasts in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr CityREUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

BAGHDAD, March 6 – Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden fuel tanker on an Iraqi police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, medical and security officials said.

Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports the ultra-hardline Sunni group.

“A martyr’s operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens,” the statement on the Amaq website said.

Hilla is the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shi’ite region with some Sunni presence.

“It’s the largest bombing in the province to date,” Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee, told Reuters. “The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars.”

A provincial hospital official confirmed the number of casualties. Many had suffered burn injuries.

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