An ISIS terrorist on Sunday detonated an explosive-laden fuel truck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at a security checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 47 people, officials said, in the most deadly car bomb attack in Iraq this year.
More than 70 people were wounded in the blast, according to Reuters and AFP. At least 39 of the dead were civilians, and the remainder were police, BBC reported.
“When I got to the scene, there were people whose clothes were still on fire, they were screaming,” a nearby driver, Hamza Kadhem, told AFP.
ISIS claimed credit for the suicide attack on a news website that supports the group, Reuters reported.
“A martyr’s operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens,” the statement on the Amaq news agency website said.