Suicide truck bomber blasts in Baghdad: 17 killed
A suicide truck bomber targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 17 people and wounding at least 60 others.
The bomber detonated the vehicle – an oil tanker laden with explosives, security and hospital officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under regulations.
Three policemen were among the dead while the rest were civilians, and a number of police were also wounded, the officials said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has carried out similar attacks in the past.