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At least 80 killed in Iraq suicide attack

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:37 IST

At least 80 people, mostly Shia pilgrims have been killed in a truck bomb attack at a road stop in Iraq.

According to media reports, the blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, around 60 miles south of Baghdad.

The road stop was full of people returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the city of Karbala.

The Islamic State jihadist group said it carried out the attack.

It claimed that as many as 200 people had been killed and wounded in the blast, in a statement delivered by its news agency Amaq.

Buses carrying Iranian Shia pilgrims appear to have been targeted in the attack, which struck near the village of Shomali.

First published: 24 November 2016, 8:58 IST