Iraq: Suicide bomber kills at least 60 at Baghdad checkpoint
March 6, Baghdad: At least 60 people have been killed when a suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a security checkpoint on a strategic highway south of Iraq's capital on Sunday.
Another 60 were wounded in the massive blast near the city of Hilla, police said. Among the dead, at least 40 were civillians and the rest were police officials.
No immediate claim of responsiblity was made, however, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has recently carried out a string of attacks near the capital.
Over the past week, a double bombing at a market in Baghdad's Sadr city killed more than 70 people. The following day a suicide attack at a funeral north of Baghdad killed about 30, reports said.
United Nations figures show that at least 670 Iraqis were killed last month, two thirds of them civilians.
The Oslo Times