TEHRAN (Press Shia) – 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 said.
The attack took place at a gas station with an adjacent restaurant used by Iranian pilgrims to rest on their way back from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the holy city of Karbala, Reuters reported.
No side has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist 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.
The Iraqi army, the voluntary forces and Kurdish fighters launched the large-scale offensive to retake Mosul on October 17.
Iraqi troops have reportedly liberated more than 100 towns, killed 1,700 terrorists and destroyed 650 of their vehicles since they began the decisive battle.
The recapture of Mosul would mark the Takfiri militants’ effective defeat in the Iraqi half of the territory they seized in 2014.