Iraq: Car bomb strikes Shiite holy city, killing 3

March 6, 2010 11:54

BAGHDAD  — A car bomb exploded near a bus for pilgrims in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday, killing at least three people, including two Iranians, on the eve of key national elections, officials said.

Blasts in other Iraqi cities have killed dozens this week, underscoring warnings that insurgents would attempt to disrupt the vote with violence. An al-Qaida front group issued a statement on Friday telling people not to leave their homes on election day.

A group of Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims were waiting to board the bus after visiting a famous shrine when the blast occurred about 100 meters away, a witness said.

"I was shocked by the scene, pools of blood and people lying on the ground soaked with their own blood," said Ahmed Fakhir, 21, an Iraqi translator who was with the Iranian pilgrims.

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