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Iraq: Truck Bomb Kills Around 100 Near Baghdad

Iraq, November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

ISIS have claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack south of the Iraqi capital which killed around 100 people, mostly Shia pilgrims.

According to security sources, a truck loaded with explosives went off on Thursday at a gas station in the city of Hilla southeast of the capital Baghdad.

Reports say most of the victims were Iranian nationals.

Officials say the target of the attack appears to have been a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims who were heading home after taking part in a major Shiite religious observance in the holy city of Karbala.

Press TV reports:

The incident occurred at a time when buses packed with Shia pilgrims were parked at the gas station. The people were returning from Arba’een mourning rituals in the holy city of Karbala.

The photo shows the site of a blast at a gas station near Hilla, south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, November 24, 2016.

The photo shows the site of a blast at a gas station near Hilla, south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, November 24, 2016.

“At least seven buses with pilgrims were inside the petrol station at the time,” an unnamed police lieutenant colonel told AFP.

People carry away the bodies of victims from the site of a bomb attack near Hilla, Iraq, November 24, 2016.

People carry away the bodies of victims from the site of a bomb attack near Hilla, Iraq, November 24, 2016.

AFP also quoted an unnamed police intelligence source as saying that “those buses were loaded with Iranians, Bahrainis and Iraqis. Ambulances and civil defense are on their way to the site.”

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing.

In recent weeks, Daesh has resorted to similar acts of violence in areas outside its control in a desperate attempt to undermine a large Iraqi battle aimed at liberating the northern city of Mosul, the terror group’s last remaining foorhold in the country.