Iraq suicide bomber kills 27


A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest just outside city of Samarra north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 27 pilgrims travelling in a bus, a hospital source said.

“About 27 people were killed and about 20 were wounded by a suicide bomber who targeted a bus filled with Shiite pilgrims on a highway just outside Samarra,” a hospital official said.

A police source also confirmed the toll. Samarra houses the gold-domed shrine of revered ninth century Imam Hassan al-Askari which draws pilgrims from Iraq and round the world.

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