BAGHDAD Officials say a suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint in southern Iraq, killing at least 22 people.
The Sunday attack, which comes weeks before scheduled elections, was the latest by insurgents bent on destabilizing the country.
The blast went off at the entrance of Hillah city during morning rush hour as cars were waiting to be searched. Thirteen civilians, including a woman and a 12-year-old child, and nine security personnel were killed. At least 55 other people were wounded.
Police say the victims' burns suggested the bomber packed his car with liquid fuel, probably gasoline.
Two medical officials confirmed the figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.