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MO­SUL, IRAQ >> The death toll from a car bomb­ing south of Bagh­dad claimed by the Is­lamic State group rose to 73 on 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 by stiff IS 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 IS at­tack in Iraq since July, when a car bomb killed about 300 in a com­mer­cial district in Bagh­dad.

IS claimed the at­tack in a brief state­ment on its Aa­maq me­dia arm, say­ing it was a sui­cide truck bomb. Ear­lier, Iraqi of­fi­cials, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to talk to the me­dia, had put the death toll at 56.

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