Breaking News: Iraq checkpoint suicide bombing kills 34, and 167 wounded
This happened at Iraq checkpoint, a suspected suicide bomber has killed at least 32 people at a security checkpoint in Iraq, authorities have said. In the deadliest of a series of attacks on Sunday, the bomber drove a minibus packed with explosives at a checkpoint in the city of Hilla.
The explosion killed civilians, including women and children, and security personnel, officials say. The violence comes before scheduled elections in the country next month. The deadly blast struck the entrance of the Shia-dominated city, which is 60 miles (95km) south of Baghdad, during the morning rush hour.
The bombing set dozens of cars alight as they were waiting to be searched at the checkpoint, killing people inside their vehicles and wounding more than 167.
Iraqi police say the minibus may have been packed with liquid fuel, possibly gasoline. Deputy chairman of Hilla provincial council, Aqeel al-Rubaie, told the Reuters news agency he believed al-Qaeda was behind the bombing.
The attacks come amid a period of renewed violence in recent months, driven principally by widespread discontent among the country’s Sunni minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The death toll has climbed to its highest levels since the worst of Iraq’s sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008.
The UN said 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in January and February this year. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of seeking to destabilise his country by supporting insurgent groups and providing them with financial support.
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Iraq bomb attack kills at least 34 at Hilla checkpoint