Iraq bomber hits Iranian pilgrims, at least nine dead
A suicide bomber rammed his car into a bus carrying Iranian Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims in Iraq on Friday, killing at least nine people in an attack likely carried out by Sunni Muslim insurgents trying to ignite sectarian conflict.
Al Qaeda’s local wing and other Sunni insurgents have been on the offensive since the start of the year in an attempt – spurred in part by the mainly Sunni rebellion in neighboring Syria – to provoke the kind of Shi’ite-Sunni bloodshed that killed thousands in Iraq in 2006-2007.
Iraq Muqdadiyah bomber kills Iranian pilgrims
At least 25 other people were wounded in the blast in the town of Muqdadiyah, 80km (50 miles) north-east of Baghdad.
Police said the attacker targeted a convoy of three buses as it drove through the town, Reuters news agency reported.
Suicide bomber hits Iranian pilgrims in Iraq, 9 dead
“When the buses passed, a white car driving very fast came out of an alley way and hit the second bus, and I saw that bus burst into flames,” said Ahmed Ferhan, an Iraqi man injured in the blasts.