Death toll from single Iraq suicide bombing reaches 50

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Iraqi mourners carry the body of victim killed today in a suicide bombing at a checkpoint near Baghdad during a funeral procession on March 9, 2014 in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq. (Photo: AFP - Haidar Hamdani)

Published Monday, March 10, 2014

A suicide bombing at a crowded checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital killed 50 people and wounded more than 150, police and a doctor said Monday, raising the toll from the day before.

The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle during rush hour on Sunday, the first day of the working week in Iraq, at a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hilla.

Among the dead were five policemen and two state television employees. The blast also left 153 others wounded, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

An interior ministry statement said the bomber had used an explosives-rigged tanker truck in the attack.

Provincial police chief Major General Abbas Abouzaid was moved to police headquarters in Baghdad in the aftermath of the bombing, and was replaced by Major General Riyadh al-Khaikani, a police spokesman said.

More than 170 people have been killed so far this month and upwards of 1,850 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

(AFP)

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