Iraq’s death toll increases to 73 in Islamic State truck bombing
MOSUL, Iraq — The death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group rose to 73 Friday, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims, as Iraqi forces fought house to house to dislodge the extremist group from the northern city of Mosul in a five-week-old campaign slowed down by stiff resistance and fears of massive civilian casualties.
Iraqi police and hospital officials said 65 other people were wounded in the Thursday night attack at a gas station on a major highway near the city of Hilla, about 60 miles south of the Iraqi capital.
It was the deadliest ISIS attack in Iraq since July, when a car bomb killed about 300 in a commercial district in Baghdad.
ISIS claimed the attack in a statement on its Aamaq media arm, saying it was a suicide truck bomb.