Yerevan, 20.November.2017,
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Shia pilgrims among more than 80 killed in IS attack in Iraq

At least 80 people, many of them Shia pilgrims, have been killed in a truck bomb attack at a road stop in Iraq, a security official says.

The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

Busloads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Many Iranians were among the dead.

The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack.

The attack happened close to the village of Shomali, 80 km (50 miles) south-east of Karbala.

Some reports say the suicide vehicle was parked, and the force of the blast completely destroyed the petrol station.

Pictures from the scene showed dense black smoke and the wreckage of five minibuses.

Provincial security chief Falah al-Radi told the BBC that Iranians were among the dead and wounded, and he feared the toll would rise.

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