Suicide car bomb blast kills 10 south of Baghdad: officials

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Baghdad (AFP)

A suicide car bomb explosion targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint south of Baghdad Monday killed at least 10 people, security and medical sources said.

The blast in Yusufiya, a frequently targeted area just south of the capital, also left at least 17 people wounded, an interior ministry official said.

It came just hours after Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake second city Mosul from the Islamic State group.