BAGHDAD: A suicide truck bomb on Thursday killed about 100 other folks, maximum of them Iranian pilgrims, at a petroleum station in the town of Hilla, about 100km south of Baghdad, police and clinical resources stated.
The militant Islamic State (IS) workforce claimed duty for the attack in a web-based observation.
The pilgrims have been en direction again to Iran from Karbala, the place that they had venerated Arbaeen, the clinical resources stated.
The fuel station has a cafe on its premises this is well-liked by travellers. 5 pilgrim buses have been torched via the drive of the blast from the explosives-laden truck, a police legitimate stated.
IS claims duty for the attack
Many Iranian nationals — the most important contingent of foreigners on the Arbaeen pilgrimage that ended on Monday — have been some of the sufferers, the Joint Operations Command (JOC) stated. The attack came about close to a village referred to as Shomali.
“No less than seven buses with pilgrims have been within the petrol station on the time,” a senior police stated. “The ones buses have been loaded with Iranians, Bahrainis and Iraqis. Ambulances and civil defence are on their option to the website online,” a police intelligence supply stated. A Shomali resident stated the petrol station is situated at the primary dual carriageway between Baghdad and the southern port town of Basra. “There have been Iranians but in addition a lot of people from Basra and Nasiriyah,” Mousa Omran stated, relating to some other southern town. Between 17 and 20 million other folks visited Karbala, house to the mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Husain.
The times-long ultimate segment of the pilgrimage sees massive numbers of pilgrims stroll lengthy distances to succeed in Karbala. In line with the Iraqi government, round 3 million Iranians have been amongst this yr’s guests. Lots of them keep a couple of days longer to discuss with the shrine town. Iraq’s safety forces have been on top alert at some point of the pilgrimage, noticed as a significant attainable goal for IS.
The militant organisation, which is lately looking to shield its ultimate primary Iraqi bastion of Mosul towards an enormous offensive, has claimed numerous such bombings. Consistent with analysts, IS has intensified assaults over the last month in spaces out of its keep an eye on in efforts to weaken the US-backed offensive introduced on Oct 17 to retake Mosul.
In a remark quoted by way of the SITE Intelligence Team, the crowd stated a bomber “blew up his automobile amidst their meeting, causing amongst them greater than 200 killed and wounded, together with Iranians”.
Revealed in First light, November 25th, 2016