At least 27 die in suicide car bomb attack


A suicide bomber driving a car has killed at least 27 Shia Muslims at a bus station in the Iraqi town of Mussayab, as they were gathering to return home from a religious rite, according to police and medics.

Yesterday’s attack, which also wounded at least 60, underlines sectarian tensions that threaten to further destabilise the country a year after US troops left.

Police said the bomber drove into a busy bus station where pilgrims were catching buses back to Baghdad and the northern provinces after the Arbain rite in the holy city of Kerbala, where thousands make an annual pilgrimage.

A roadside bomb targeting a minibus transporting Shia pilgrims back from Kerbala also wounded eight people in New Baghdad.

– (Reuters)