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Suicide bomber kills at least 14 south of Baghdad

Iraqi security forces set up checkpoints on streets leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, on March 27, 2012A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged Humvee armoured vehicle near security forces and allied militiamen south of Baghdad, killing at least 14, an officer and a doctor said Monday. The blast took place on the northern edge of Jurf al-Sakhr, a large area south of the capital, where the government announced it retook the strategic town of the same name from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group over the weekend. Security forces and militia allies have fought for months to regain ground in Jurf al-Sakhr from IS, which spearheaded a major militant offensive that has overrun large areas since June. The jihadists seized significant quantities of military equipment, including Humvees that have been used in suicide attacks on several occasions, as they swept security forces aside.

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