Explosion from explosives-laden truck killed at least 80 Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims when their bus transports caught fire…
Iraq — Fuel tanker was blown up at a checkpoint near Hilla, killed more than 80 Iranians. Reuters photo
A suicide truck bomb killed more than 80 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said.
Islamic State (IS), the ultra hardline Sunni militant group that considers all Shi’ites to be apostates, claimed responsibility the attack in an online statement.
The pilgrims were en route back to Iran from the Iraqi Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala, where they had commemorated Arbaeen, the 40th day of mourning for the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century AD, the medical sources said.
The gas station has a restaurant in its premises that is popular with travelers. Five pilgrim buses were torched by the force of the blast from the explosives-laden truck, a police official said.
Islamic State has intensified attacks over the past month in areas out of its control in efforts to weaken a U.S.-backed military offensive launched on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul, the last major city under IS control in Iraq.
(Reporting by Saif Hameed and Mohammed el-Sherif; writing by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Mark Heinrich)
A suicide bomber has killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens more by driving his explosives-laden fuel lorry into a security checkpoint south of Baghdad.
The suicide bomber attacked the checkpoint on Sunday on a strategic highway near Hilla, 90km from the Iraqi capital, reports said.
Another 70 people were wounded in the blast, police officials said.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on the website of the sympathetic Amaq news agency.
“A martyr’s operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens,” the statement said.
Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf, reporting from Baghdad, said: “It was apparently a suicide bombing, at a checkpoint that is usually manned by Iraq soldiers and federal police forces. A long line of cars along that key road were also caught in the blast.”
Hilla is the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shia region with some Sunni presence.
“It’s the largest bombing in the province to date,” Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee, told Reuters news agency.
“The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars.”
Among the dead were 39 civilians, while the rest were members of the security forces.
Attack in Anbar
A separate attack on Sunday killed several members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces in Khalidiya, near Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.
Iraqi soldiers, with the help of US-led coalition fighter jets, are trying to advance towards areas controlled by ISIL fighters around Ramadi.
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ISIL has carried out a number of deadly assaults against Iraqi security forces in recent days.
In the past week, a double bombing at a market in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood killed more than 70 people.
The following day a suicide attack at a funeral north of Baghdad killed about 30.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
10 Iranian Pilgrims Killed in Suicide Blast in Iraq’s Samarra
Several people, including a number of Iranian pilgrims, were killed and wounded in a suicide bomber attack in Iraq’s Samarra, media reported Sunday, November 6, 2016..
A suicide bombing struck a car park in the city of Samarra, a holy site for Shiite pilgrims, ABNA reported.
An Iranian official in Iraq told ISNA that 10 Iranians have been killed in this terrorist attack.
According to ISNA’s report, as translated by IFP, Mohammad Javad Daneshyar said the early observations indicate that the majority of Iranian pilgrims are from Sistan and Baluchestan and Horomozgan provinces.
“These pilgrims were getting out of the bus in Samarra car park when the suicide ambulance moved towards them and the explosion led to their death,” he noted.
Sunday’s attacks came amid a wide-scale offensive aimed at ousting the ISIS terrorist group from the northern city of Mosul.
In mid-2014, ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, before overrunning vast swathes of territory in the country’s north and west.
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