More than 100 Iranian pilgrims killed in Suicide attack

More than 100 Killed by ISIS - Representational image
More than 100 Killed by ISIS - Representational image

Militants had developed a wholly new way of making suicide attacks and it has been discovered after observing the attacks in Iraq. According to fresh news from Iraq, a suicide bombing executed a few hours ago using a truck. Islamic state had taken the responsibility of the assault. ISIS being the ultra-hard-line Sunni Muslims militant group considers all the Shi’ite Muslims as dissenters of the religion.

A truck rammed into a petrol station at Hilla which is just 100 KM from the city of Baghdad. The suicide attack had killed over more than 100 people in one go. The victims include official and employees present at the petrol station.

The group also is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive on its stronghold Mosul, in northern Iraq, through which Iranian-trained Shi’ite militias are also actively taking part.
The people attacked by the IS also includes many Pilgrims who were coming back to Iran from Iraqi Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala. It’s said that the other Sunni Muslims killed for providing support to Shi’ite. The pilgrims were in the Kerbala to commemorate Arbaeen.
It was the 40th day of mourning for the killing of Imam Hussein. Hussein is a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad according to the religious and medical sources.
There was a restaurant on top of the Gas Station which was mainly targetted by the Islamic State. The restaurant was very much popular among the pilgrims and tourists. At least five buses were having visitors and many other vehicles set on blast by launching an explosives-filled truck on the tourists.

Islamic state loses the grip over major areas after strikes by Russian Military. As a response, the militant group had increased the number of counter attacks claiming lives of many people. The attacks were launched by ISIS post-Oct 17 to reclaim Mosul which was the last city under its control. IS had suffered a major setback after losing the city.

Admitting the attack on its citizens, Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack without giving an exact number of casualty toll. Tehran will continue to support Iraq’s “relentless fight against terrorism,” ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

U.S. officials also condemned the attack.

“The United States remains steadfast in its partnership with the Iraqi people and government and this attack only serves to strengthen our resolve in defeating ISIL,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department is in close contact with Iraqi authorities, department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

This was the first time group had killed over 100 people in one go. Serious warnings are expected to be issued by many countries at United Stations following the attack.

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