Suicide bomber kills 8 at Iraqi Muslim holy site

November 6, 2016 18:12

A suicide bomber driving an ambulance packed with explosives detonated a vehicle in Samarra, Iraq on Sunday (November 6), killing at least 8 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

The attacker detonated a vehicle in a car park for pilgrims visiting one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines, al-Askari mosque in Samarra.The bomb killed at least eight people, local officials said, including two Iranian pilgrims. The local operation command, a joint military and police unit, said the vehicle used in Samarra was also an ambulance.

Iranian news agency ISNA quoted an Iranian official as saying, that ten Iranian pilgrims were killed in the attack.

Pilgrimage official Mohammad Javad Daneshyar said the Iranians were getting off a bus when an ambulance carrying the suicide bomber approached them and blew up.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency said the attack was carried out by the militant group.

Amaq said two suicide bombers struck in Samarra, the first detonating a car bomb and the second activating an explosives vest among a group of people who survived the first blast.

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