At least 47 people have been killed and dozens injured after fuel tanker exploded at a checkpoint outside the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, Iraqi security officials have said.
#BREAKING: Iraq checkpoint blast toll rises to 47: security officials
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 6, 2016
The attack happened shortly after noon local time when dozens of cars were queuing at the checkpoint.
Truck bomb kills, wounds at least 60 in province south of Baghdad https://t.co/nxz0grnZhV
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) March 6, 2016
The BBC reports that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least 47 people killed in truck bombing at checkpoint south of Baghdad, Iraqi security officials say https://t.co/1d9ISRjdUp
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 6, 2016