Security beefed up after deadly Iraq suicide attack

Source:  Agencies Published in Terrorism on Monday, March 7, 2016

HILLA - Iraqi authorities on Monday tightened security in several provinces after a suicide attack at a checkpoint south of Baghdad killed 61 people, security and medical officials said.

A truck packed with explosives was detonated by a suicide bomber at the main checkpoint guarding the northern entrance to the city of Hilla on Sunday, the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.

"The death toll following the suicide attack has risen to 61, including 23 members of the security forces," a doctor at Babil province health directorate told AFP.