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BBC: 77 Shia Pilgrims Killed in ISIS Attack in Iraq

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Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say.

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. Some 40 people were wounded.

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

Millions of Shia pilgrims travelled to Karbala to mark Arbaeen, the end of the 40-day mourning period for the third Shia Imam, Hussein. This year it took place on Sunday.

The Sunni militants of IS regard Shia as apostates because of their veneration of the Prophet's family and other beliefs and practices.

It's really sad that people are dying based on their faith. I hope this doesn't inflame sectarian violence, which is ISIS's goal.
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