IS car bomb kills 56

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

HILLA (AP): A CAR bomb tore through a gas station south of Bagh­dad on Thurs­day, killing at least 56 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 20 Ira­ni­ans, in an at­tack claimed by the Is­lamic State (IS) group.

Po­lice and hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials con­firmed the toll and said another 45 peo­ple were wounded in the at­tack, which de­stroyed the gas station and set sev­eral cars on fire.

The blast knocked out power at the station, forc­ing rel­a­tives look­ing for the re­mains of loved ones to use the glare of their mo­bile phones to guide them. Body parts that re­mained un­claimed were gath­ered in a blue bag and placed on the side­walk out­side the station. Large sec­tions of the station were cov­ered in blood.

Iran’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter, Has­san Qashqavi, was quoted by the semi-of­fi­cial Tas­nim news agency as say­ing that 80 peo­ple were killed, in­clud­ing 40 Ira­ni­ans. Con­flict­ing death tolls are com­mon in the af­ter­math of large at­tacks.

The Is­lamic State group claimed the at­tack in a brief state­ment car­ried by its Aa­maq news agency, say­ing it was a sui­cide truck bomb.

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