BAGHDAD, March 6 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden fuel tanker on an Iraqi police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, medical and security officials said.
Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports the ultra-hardline Sunni group.
Hilla is the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shi'ite region with some Sunni presence.
Advertisement"It's the largest bombing in the province to date," Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee, told Reuters. "The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars."
A provincial hospital official confirmed the number of casualties. Many had suffered burn injuries.
(Reporting by Ali al-Rubaie and Saif Hameed; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by David Goodman and Susan Thomas) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +9647901917030;))
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