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Suicide bomber attack kills 12 north of Kut

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) At least 12 people, including police officers, were killed and 26 other wounded when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at a checkpoint north of Kut province on Monday (April 21), police said. The suicide bomber targeted a long line of vehicles at the checkpoint on a highway that links Baghdad and Kut. Security forces were clearing the burnt out cars and wreckage from the checkpoint later on Monday. The attack came a day after a suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance of the university in Ur district north of Baghdad, killing three and wounding others. Levels of violence rose to their highest in years in 2013, when nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. Security forces are battling Sunni Muslim insurgents in the western province of Anbar, where militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran the city of Falluja on January 1. Iraqis are preparing to hold a parliamenta

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