Three Lebanese Pilgrims Killed in Iraq Bus Bombing

Posted on: May 24, 2012 at 00:26
A roadside bomb exploded near a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in a Sunni area of western Iraq on Wednesday, killing three and wounding 10 others, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

''A roadside bomb exploded in the Khamsat Kilo area as a bus carrying Lebanese pilgrims... passed on the highway, killing three of them and wounding 10,'' a first lieutenant in the Anbar provincial police said, referring to an area west of the provincial capital Ramadi.

A medical source at a mortuary in Ramadi confirmed the death toll, saying that it had received the bodies of three women.

A lieutenant colonel in the Ramadi police said there were around 40 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims on the bus, among them women and children, who were headed to Shiite holy sites.

Meanwhile, al-Jadeed television said the bus belongs to the Shams al-Doha campaign, which was organized by Abdullah Nader.

Iraq is home to some of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam, to which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock each year. Pilgrims are periodically attacked, often by bombs.

On Tuesday 13 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims were kidnapped from a bus in Syria's northern Aleppo province.

Source:Agence France Presse
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