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.