UPDATE: Death Toll In Central Iraq Suicide Bombing Rises To 125

Hillah, IRAQ (Alliance News) - The death toll from a suicide bombing in central Iraq claimed by ...

Alliance News 25 November, 2016 | 10:20AM
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Hillah, IRAQ (Alliance News) - The death toll from a suicide bombing in central Iraq claimed by Islamic State has risen to 125, a hospital source said Friday.

At least 95 people were wounded, some seriously, when a suicide car bomber targeted eight buses at a petrol station Thursday on a highway between the city of Hillah and al-Diwaniyah.

Most of the passengers were Shiite Iranian pilgrims travelling from the city of Karbala.

The Islamic State extremist Sunni militia claimed responsibility for the attack using the Telegram messaging app. Islamic State considers Shiites to be heretics.

On October 17, Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led air alliance, started a long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the only one still in the hands of Islamic State.

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