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Massive Car Blast Kills 80 People South of Baghdad, ISIS Claims Responsibility

A car bomb has reportedly exploded south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 80 civilians, among them Shia pilgrims.

According to security sources, a truck loaded with explosives went off on Thursday at a gas station in the Shomali village in the suburbs of the city of al-Hilla, located 100 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Reports say there have been several Iranian nationals among the victims.

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

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

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 ISIS terror group claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing.

Source: Al Alam

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