Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 10 South of Baghdad

Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 10 South of Baghdad
Mon Oct 17, 2016 16:03:44

A suicide car bomb attack by the ISIL group has targeted an Iraqi army checkpoint south of Baghdad Monday, killing at least 10 people.

The blast in Yusufiya, a frequently targeted area just south of the capital, also left at least 17 people wounded, an interior ministry official said; AFP reported.

A medic at the nearby Mahmudiyah hospital said at least four soldiers were among those killed in the blast.

It came just hours after Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake second city Mosul, in the north of the country, from Daesh (IS, ISIS, ISIL)

The group claimed the attack on the checkpoint between Yusufiya and the Baghdad district of Dora in a statement posted on social media and named the bomber as Abu Ishaq al-Iraqi.

Observers had warned that ISIL might seek to attack civilians in Baghdad and elsewhere as Iraqi forces launch their bid to wrest back the terrorists' last major stronghold in the country.

An attack on a funeral tent in Baghdad on Saturday killed at least 36 people. Another two people were killed in a blast in the capital on Sunday.


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