Suicide truck bomber takes the life of 17 people in Baghdad

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.

They say more than 40 people were injured when the bomber detonated the vehicle – an oil tanker laden with explosives – at the checkpoint in the south of the capital. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. So-called Islamic State has recently carried out similar attacks in Iraq.

Iraqi forces are fighting IS in western Mosul, where some 2,000 IS fighters are launching fierce counterattacks. After the beginning the operation to retake Mosul in October, Iraqi authorities in January declared they have liberated eastern Mosul, which is separated from the city’s western neighbourhoods by the Tigris River.

Iraqi witnesses have said that airstrikes this month killed scores of civilians. American officials have said that the munitions used by the coalition on March 17 should not have caused the entire building to come down, suggesting that militants might have deliberately gathered civilians there and planted other explosives that were detonated by airstrikes.

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