IS car bomb kills 56, in­clud­ing 20 Ira­ni­ans, at a gas sta­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

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 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.

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.

The Iraqi of­fi­cials said the tar­get of the at­tack ap­pears to have been a bus car­ry­ing Ira­nian pil­grims head­ing home af­ter tak­ing part in a ma­jor Shi­ite re­li­gious ob­ser­vance in the holy city of Kar­bala.

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