Ten Iranian pilgrims were killed in a suicide attack in Iraq’s holy city of Samarra, about 125 kilometres north of Baghdad on Sunday, the Iranian news agency ISNA quoted an Iranian official as saying.
Pilgrimage official Mohammad Javad Daneshyar said the Iranians were getting off a bus when an ambulance carrying the suicide bomber approached them in a parking lot and blew up.
Ali al-Hamdani, the spokesman for Iraq’s northern Salahuddin province, where Samarra is located, said the bomber parked the vehicle and walked up to the pilgrims. They were heading to the city’s revered Shia shrine, the Golden or al-Askari mosque, about 500 metres away.
The assailant first detonated the ambulance and then blew up himself.