Suicide bombing kills 24, wounds 60 in Iraq's capital

Baghdad, Jul 23 (EFE).- A suicide bombing targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad killed 24 people and wounded 60 others, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

The suicide bomber detonated the explosives in the vehicle he was driving late Tuesday at a checkpoint in Al-Kazimiyah, a neighborhood in the northern section of the Iraqi capital, a ministry spokesman said.

Al-Kazimiyah is home to one of the main Shiite shrines in Iraq, the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kazim.

Three people were killed and 15 others wounded in a mortar attack in Sabaa Al-Bour, north of Baghdad.

These attacks followed a string of car bombings four days ago in Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad that killed about 20 people.

The attacks also coincide with an offensive by Sunni insurgents against the Iraqi army and other forces loyal to the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Sunni insurgents have seized a large swath of territory in Iraq since June 10, when they took Mosul, the country's second-largest city.

The insurgents declared a caliphate in the territories under their control in Syria and Iraq.