Iraqi citizens and soldiers inspect the scene of one of two car bombs that exploded in Basra, on May 20, 2013
Iraqi citizens and soldiers inspect the scene of one of two car bombs that exploded in the main southern port city of Basra, on May 20, 2013. A car bomb has exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing eight people, Iraqi police and a local official said. © Ramzi al-Shaban - AFP
Iraqi citizens and soldiers inspect the scene of one of two car bombs that exploded in Basra, on May 20, 2013
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Last updated: May 20, 2013

Iranian pilgrims killed in Iraqi blasts

A car bomb exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad on Monday, killing eight people, Iraqi police and a local official said.

The explosion also wounded at least 15 people, they said.

The pilgrims were on their way to a Shiite shrine in Samarra, which was bombed in February 2006, unleashing a wave of sectarian bloodletting in which tens of thousands of people died.

Iraq is home to some of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam and is visited by hundreds of thousands of foreign pilgrims per year, most of them from neighbouring Iran.

Sunni militants in Iraq, including those linked to Al-Qaeda, launch frequent attacks targeting Shiites whom they regard as apostates.

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