At least 14 people have been killed, following a suicide car bombing, at a military checkpoint, in central Iraq.
A suicide car bomber killed at least 14 people including women and children packed into a minibus at a checkpoint outside a central Iraqi town on Monday morning, police and hospital sources said.
A police officer at the scene said most of the victims died inside their vehicles while waiting to enter Khalis, about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad.
“We still have charred bodies inside many vehicles including a minibus packed with women and children,” the police captain said, requesting anonymity.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks even as they incur battlefield setbacks in northern and western Iraq.
Hospital sources said the death toll was expected to rise given the extent of critical injuries.