Suicide car bomb kills 12 south of Baghdad: police and medical sources

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Posted: Nov 24, 2016 8:14 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his car bomb at a gas station in al-Hilla city, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 10 more, police and medical sources say.

The attack took place at gas station with an adjacent restaurant used by Iranian pilgrims to rest on their way back from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala.

No side has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the ultra-hardline Islamic State group has mounted similar attacks in areas outside their control in an attempt to undermine the military campaign in Mosul, the group's last remaining city in Iraq.

(Reporting by Saif Hameed; Editing by Dominic Evans)