Death toll in Iraq bomb claimed by IS rises to 73

A car bomb tore through a gas station on Thursday, killing and wounding scores of people, including 20 Iranians Shiite pilgrims, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

By: AP | Published:November 25, 2016 1:52 pm
Baghdad bombing, Baghdad death toll, Mosul, Islamic State, Iraq Islamic state, Mosul IS, news, latest news, world news, Iraq news, international news, Iraq advance Mosul, Iraq Mosul A civilian searches for survivors in the rubble at the scene of a car bomb attack near the city of Hilla about 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.  (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi hospital and police officials say the death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 73, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims.

The officials said Friday that 65 people were wounded in the attack. Earlier, they had put the death toll from the Thursday night bombing at 56. The attack took place at a gas station on a major highway near the city of Hilla. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

IS claimed the attack in a statement, saying it was a suicide truck bomb. The bombing appears to have targeted a bus with Iranian pilgrims heading home after a major Shiite religious observance in the holy city of Karbala.