(BAGHDAD)—The Islamic State group has claimed a car bomb south of Baghdad that Iraqi officials now say killed at least 28 people, including 10 Iranian pilgrims.
Hospital and police officials say Thursday’s parked car bomb, which wounded 35 others, exploded at a gas station near the city of Hilla. They say the gas station was almost completely destroyed and that scores of cars were burned.
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 holiday in the holy city of Karbala.
The officials, who earlier gave a death toll of 21, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
IS claimed the attack in a brief statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. It said the attack was carried out by a suicide truck bomb.