Truck bombing kills at least 56 in southern Baghdad

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Destroyed vehicles are seen at the site of a suicide truck bomb attack, at a gas station in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, Iraq on November 24.  Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

Destroyed vehicles are seen at the site of a suicide truck bomb attack, at a gas station in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, Iraq on November 24. Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a truck bomb South of Baghdad that has killed at least 56 people, including 20 Iranian pilgrims and wounded another 25 people, according to Iraqi officials, the Associated Press reports.

Thursday’s attack occurred at a gas station near the city of Hilla.

A bus carrying Iranians on their way home from a major Shiite religious observance in the holy city of Karbala appeared to have been the target, according to the AP. The officials, AP reported, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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