IS-claimed bombing south of Baghdad kills 56

Scores of Iraqi male residents are rounded up by the Iraqi army in Gogjali neighborhood, in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Iraqi forces urged them to come out with information of any Islamic State members among them. An Iraqi officer addressed the group, demanding to know the whereabouts of alleged IS militants who opened fire on troops a few days earlier. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a car bomb south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 56, including 20 Iranians.

Hospital and police officials say Thursday’s attack at a gas station near the city of Hilla wounded another 45 people.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack, saying it was a suicide truck bomb.

The officials say 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 authorized to speak to the media.

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