DAESH terrorist group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with a fuel tanker at a crowded checkpoint outside the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding at least 72, Iraqi medical and security officials said.
The responsibility was claimed on the website of the DAESH-linked Amaq news agency.
"A martyr's operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens," the Amaq website said in a statement.
"It's the largest bombing in the province to date," Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee at Babil provincial council, told Reuters. "The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars."
A doctor at Hilla hospital said the death toll includes nearly 20 members of the security forces.
Pictures posted on social media showed vast destruction around the checkpoint,where cars are usually bumper-to-bumper at that time of day, queuing to be checked by security personnel.
A doctor at Hilla hospital said at least 11 of the wounded were in a very serious condition.
DAESH terrorist organization which carries out nearly all such attacks since it lost positions south of Baghdad when security forces and allied militias began their fightback against the terrorists in late 2014.
A March 2014 suicide bombing at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Hilla, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital, killed 50 people and wounded more than 150.