18:53 Nov. 24, 2016
New IS attack claims dozens of lives in Iraq
At least 80 people are reported killed in the Iraqi city of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, after a suicide truck bomb attack, the BBC reports.
The car was blown up near a petrol station and a restaurant, with a huge crowd of people nearby. Many of the dead are Shia Muslim pilgrims, reported Iranians.
In a statement delivered by Jihadist-controlled news agency Amaq, the ultraradical group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Apart from dozens killed, at least 20 people are also reported wounded, and the death toll is likely to rise, the local authorities told BBC.
Millions of Shia pilgrims travelled to Karbala to commemorate Arbaeen, the end of the 40-day mourning period for the third Shia Imam, Hussein.