A truck bomb at a gas station has killed at least 80 people south of Baghdad, Iraq, according to authorities cited by Reuters. The attack, claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), likely 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.
It commemorates the day Hussein Ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala, and is one of the world’s largest religious observances.
“Those buses were loaded with Iranians, Bahrainis and Iraqis,” a police source told AFP.
IS, the extreme Sunni militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Source: Word News