73 die in ISIS-claimed car bombing in Iraq

Wreckage of a truck following a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite pilgrims returning from the Arbaeen commemoration
Wreckage of a truck following a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite pilgrims returning from the Arbaeen commemoration

Baghdad: Iraqi hospital and police officials say the death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 73, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims.

The officials said yesterday that 65 people were wounded in the attack. Earlier, they had put the death toll from Thursday night’s bombing at 56. The attack took place at a gas station on a major highway near the city of Hilla. IS claimed the attack in a statement, saying it was a suicide truck bomb.

The bombing appears to have targeted a bus with Iranian pilgrims heading home after a major Shiite religious observance in the holy city of Karbala.

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