27 KILLED IN IRAQ BY A SUICIDE BOMBER
A suicide bomber in Samarra, Iraq has killed at least 27 people in an attack on a bus carrying Shiaa pilgrims on Saturday 02/12/2011, police said. 20 more were wounded.
The explosion took place just outside the Sunni-majority city of Samarra, north of Baghdad. A police source at a hospital in Samarra told Reuters news agency that a number of women and children were among the injured.
Attacks on Shiaa pilgrims, generally committed by Sunni militants are so frequent that they have claimed hundreds of lives in recent months.
Samarra houses an important mosque and shrine to the 9th Century imam Hassan al-Askari.
On Thursday, at least eight people were killed when a car bomb in the town of Dujail struck pilgrims heading to Samarra to celebrate Saturday’s annual commemoration of the imam’s death.
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