Suicide bomber kills 7 at checkpoint in Anbar
Seven people were killed in a car bomb blast in a former stronghold of the Islamic State group in western Iraq, a security official said on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Qasem al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press the attacker drove a booby-trapped vehicle into a joint security checkpoint managed by the Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Forces at the southern entrance to the town of al-Qaim, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Syrian border. He said four security forces personnel and three civilians were killed in the blast.
Al-Dulaimi blamed the Islamic State group for the attack, though the group did not immediately claim responsibility. Al-Qaim is a former Islamic State group stronghold in the Anbar province in western Iraq.