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Apr 24, 4:36 AM EDT

Iraqi officials: Suicide bomber hits checkpoint south of Baghdad, kills at least 10 people


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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide attack on a police checkpoint south of the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 10 people and wounded 18.

A police officer says the bomber drove his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint at the entrance of the southern city of Hillah, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad. He says six civilians and four policemen were killed in that attack.

A medical official confirmed the causality figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

Last month, a suicide car bomber hit a nearby checkpoint in same area and killed 36 people.

Iraq is going through an uptick in violence in the run-up to the parliamentary elections next Wednesday.

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