Homicide Attacker Kills 7 Near Mosul Checkpoint; 12 Wounded

The Iraqi military says a homicide bomber has attacked a checkpoint near Mosul, killing seven people and wounding 12.

The U.S. military confirms the Wednesday night attack but puts the toll at five dead and 19 wounded.

The blast occurred in the Addayah area about 20 miles west of Mosul while Iraqi soldiers were checking vehicles. The dead include a woman and a 5-year-old child.

Mosul is believed to be the last major urban center where Al Qaeda maintains a substantial presence.