Iraq truck bomb kills 100 people at petrol station (UPDATING)
Latest on blast in village of Shomali, Iraq
21:35 (GMT+4) At least 100 people, mostly Iranians, have been killed when a truck bomb blast ripped through a petrol station south of Baghdad, Sky News reports.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded 45 people.
Officials said the target of the attack appears to have been buses carrying Iranian pilgrims heading home after taking part in Arbaeen, a major Shia holiday in the holy city of Karbala.
A police official said: "At least seven buses with pilgrims were inside the petrol station at the time."
The blast struck in the village of Shomali near the city of Hilla, 75 miles southeast of the capital Baghdad.
IS claimed it carried out the attack in a brief statement put out by its Aamaq news agency which said the bomb was in a truck.
Up to 20 million people visited Karbala this year, and according to the Iraqi authorities around three million of them were Iranians.
19:27 (GMT+4) A suicide bomber blew himself up at a gas station near the Iraqi capital Nov. 24 killing more than 80 people, Sputnik reported.
The blast occurred in a village located 120 kilometers away from Baghdad. The attacker detonated his car near a gas station and a cafe with Iranian pilgrims.
The Islamic State (aka IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.