Suicide truck bomber kills 80 in Iraq
Officials said the site was crowded with people returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the city of Karbala
At least 80 Shia pilgrims were killed in a truck bomb attack on a petrol pump in Iraq’s al-Hilla city on Thursday a majority of them from Iran, BBC reported.
A suicide truck bomb packed with 500 litres of ammonium nitrate exploded on Thursday at a petrol station where several buses carrying Iranian pilgrims on their way back from the city of Kerbala, The Guardian reported.
Officials said the site was crowded with people returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the city of Karbala. Several Iranians and Bahrainis were among the victims.
A senior local police officer told the BBC that the victims were on board four buses filling up with fuel at the road stop near the village of Shomali, 80 km (50 miles) south-east of Karbala.
Falah al-Radhi, a security official for the province affected by the attack, said most of the people killed were Iranian nationals. “A large truck exploded among them. It was a suicide attack,” he told AFP. “There are completely charred corpses at the scene.” Scores of wounded people were transferred to hospitals.
The bombing was seen as a retaliation to Tehran’s anti-Isis campaign. Although Iran is extensively involved in the fight against Isis in both Iraq and Syria, it has remained largely untouched by suicide bombings.