45 died and 157 injured as Suicide bomber attacks in Iraq

People look at the damage and wreckage at the site of a suicide attack in the city of HillaAt least 45 people were killed and about 157 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla on yesterday. The police source stated, that a minibus packed with explosives was driven into the checkpoint at a northern entrance to the largely Shi’ite Muslim city and detonated it.
About 50 cars were set ablaze with passengers trapped inside and part of the checkpoint complex was destroyed, the officer said.
Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qa’ida have been regaining ground inIraq over the past year, particularly in the western province of Anbar bordering Syria.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the deputy chairman of Hilla provincial council, Aqeel al-Rubaie, accused al Qa’ida of being behind the bombing.
Rubaie said the local government had received tips that al Qa’ida-affiliates hiding north of Hilla were plotting a strike.
He said the violence was a spill over from fighting in neighbouring Anbar, where the Shi’ite-led government has been battling al Qa’ida faction the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant around the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. “We have evidence that al Qa’ida terrorists are standing behind the suicide attack today and since the breakout of fighting in Anbar, al Qa’ida has stepped up attacks in Hilla,” Rubaie said.
The scene of the attack was strewn with debris from the checkpoint, and the shells of burnt-out cars littered the road.

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