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Iraq: Suicide car bomber hits checkpoint, kills 11 people

Updated at: 07/25/2016 6:54 AM
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN

(AP) BAGHDAD - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people.

A police officer says Monday's attack took place at one of the entrances to the town of Khalis. He says six civilians and five policemen were killed and up to 35 people were wounded.

The explosion also damaged several cars lined up at the checkpoint.

Khalis is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad. It's a Shiite enclave surrounded by Sunni areas in the restive Diyala province.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the extremist IS group.

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