Massive truck bomb blast targets Iranian pilgrims in Iraq

479A car bomb has ripped through parked buses in a petrol station loaded with Shia pilgrims, killing at least 70 people, mainly Iranians, returning from the Arbaeen commemoration.

Thursday’s attack in the village of Shomali targeted the Iranian pilgrims – the largest contingent of foreigners at the pilgrimage that ended on Monday – on their way home from the holy Iraqi city of Karbala.

“There are at least 70 dead, fewer than 10 are Iraqis, the rest are Iranians,” said Falah al-Radhi, head of the security committee for the Babylon provincial council.

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SOURCE: News Now / The New Arab

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