At least 52 killed in Iraq suicide attack claimed by Islamic State

At least 52 people were killed Sunday in Iraq in a suicide truck bombing claimed by the Islamic State terrorist militia.

The explosion occurred when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed fuel truck into a security checkpoint in the town of Hilla, some 100 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad, police and health officials said.

The dead include security personnel and civilians.

At least 67 were also injured.

The attack resulted in the complete destruction of the checkpoint and damage to around 20 vehicles that happened to stop there, witnesses said.

The Islamic State-linked Amaq website claimed that the attack had been carried out by a member from the radical Sunni group, leaving "dozens" dead and injured.

The claim could not be independently verified.

However, Islamic State, which rules territory in Iraq, previously claimed responsibility for several attacks against the country’s security troops and Shiite community.

Extremist Sunnis regard Shiites as heretics.

Iraq is engaged in a US-backed military campaign aimed at dislodging Islamic State from the country.

Last update: Sun, 06/03/2016 - 16:23

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