Gunmen have killed 14 truck drivers in an ambush north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, said security officials on Thursday.

The gunmen stopped the drivers early on Thursday at a fake checkpoint on a major road linking Baghdad to the northern city of Kirkuk.

They fired at them and made off with their trucks.

The attack was the latest in a surge of violence that has killed nearly 300 people in Iraq since the month of Ramadan began on July 10, according to official figures.

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