Baghdad: A truck bomb at a gas station has killed at least 80 people south of Baghdad, Iraq, according to sources cited by Reuters. The attack, claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), targeted Iranian Shiite pilgrims. At least 32 others were injured by the explosion, Iraqi officials told AP.
The blast, which took place in the village of Shomali, 120km southeast of the capital Baghdad, ripped through a gas station at which seven buses carrying pilgrims were parked.
“At least seven buses with pilgrims were inside the petrol station at the time,” a police officer told AFP
The pilgrims were returning from Arbaeen in the city of Karbala, a major religious event for Shiite Muslims.