Checkpoint attack kills Iraqi soldiers

Three Iraqi soldiers have been killed in an attack by a militant group on an army checkpoint north of the capital, Baghdad.

Iraqi army and medical sources said on Sunday that the militants threw hand grenades at the checkpoint, east of the city of Samarra, about 110 kilometers north of Baghdad, before they opened fire using machineguns.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bombings and shootings have recently intensified across Iraq.

On December 31, over 20 people, including children, were killed and 80 others injured in a wave of attacks in several cities and towns in the country.

Also on December 24, over 45 people were killed and over 110 others wounded in similar attacks targeting both security guards and civilians across the country, marking the deadliest day in Iraq since November 29, 2012, when at least 50 people lost their lives.

The Iraqi government has stepped up efforts to increase security across the country over the past few months.