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Suicide truck bomber kills 15 and injures 45 in Baghdad

A suicide truck bomber targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 15 people and wounding 45, according to Iraqi officials.

The bomber detonated the vehicle, an oil tanker laden with explosives, security and hospital officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under regulations.

Three policemen were among the dead while the rest were civilians, and a number of policemen were also wounded, the officials said.

No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group has carried out similar attacks as their territorial hold in Iraq weakens.

Iraqi forces are fighting IS in western Mosul, where 2,000 IS fighters are launching fierce counter attacks.

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