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Suicide truck bomb kills 47 south of Baghdad

Iraqi government forces man a checkpoint south of Baghdad in May 2015A truck bomb exploded at a crowded checkpoint outside the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, on Sunday, killing at least 47 people, officials and medical sources said. In a statement posted on social media, the Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack and named the bomber as Abu Islam al-Ansari. A doctor at Hilla hospital put the number of people killed by the blast at 47, including around 20 members of the security forces, and said at least 72 people were also wounded.

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