Seven dead in Iraq bomb blast

Seven people, including three Iranian pilgrims, were killed when an explosives-laden car detonated north of Baghdad.

A health official said some 30 other people were wounded in today’s blast in the town of Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. The wounded were Shiite pilgrims from Iraq, Iran and Pakistan.

The victims were travelling from a shrine in the northern city of Samarra to another in nearby Balad.

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