Tuesday 28 February 2017

Suicide truck bomb death toll rises to 61

At least 47 people have died in a truck blast in Iraq
At least 47 people have died in a truck blast in Iraq

The death toll from a suicide truck bombing south of Baghdad.

A police officer said 52 of those killed were civilians, while the rest were members of the security forces.

Another 95 people were injured in the attack which targeted a security checkpoint at one of the entrances to the city of Hillah, about 60 miles (95km) south of the capital.

The officer said eight other people were still missing.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in an online statement.

Press Association

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