Fresh blast in Iraq kills at least 12 people

Baquba ( Iraq), July 25 : Up to 12 people were killed and 25 others wounded on Monday in a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala.

The attack took place in the morning when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a crowded checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the town of Khalis, west of the provincial capital city of Baquba and some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, Xinhua quoted an official, as saying.

"The latest report said 12 people, including three women and two children, were killed and 25 others wounded by the suicide car bomb attack in Diyala," the official said.

The blast set on fire 13 civilian vehicles nearby and damaged many others, and destroyed part of the checkpoint's building.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack came a day after another suicide bombing, claimed by the IS, at a crowded checkpoint near Adan Square at the entrance of the Shiite district of Kadhmiyah, leaving 21 people dead and 35 others injured.