VIDEO: ISIS Truck Bomb Kills at Least 60 Civilians in South of Iraq’s Baghdad

Sun Mar 6, 2016 18:19:56

A suicide attack on an Iraqi police checkpoint south of Baghdad kills at least 60 people and wounds more than 70, medical and security officials say; ISIS claims responsibility.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden truck on an Iraqi police checkpoint at an entrance of the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad on Sunday (March 6), killing at least 60 people and wounding over 70, according to a toll provided by medical and security officials.

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 Shia region with some Sunni presence.

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

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