A car bomb tore through a gas station south of Baghdad overnight, killing at least 56 people, including 20 Iranians, in an attack claimed by ISIS.
Police and hospital officials confirmed the toll and said another 45 people were wounded in the attack, which destroyed the gas station and set several cars on fire.
ISIS claimed the attack in a brief statement carried by its Aamaq news agency, saying it was a suicide truck bomb.
The officials said the target of the attack appears to have been a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims heading home after taking part in a major Shiite religious observance in the holy city of Karbala.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
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SOURCE: News Now / AP