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Iraq Bomb Injures 24 Pakistani Pilgrims Near Baghdad

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A Lebanese Shiite Muslim man, center, hugs his relatives, upon his arrival from Iraq, at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 27, 2012. A roadside bomb exploded near a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims near Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, on May 23, killing three and wounding at least 10 others. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
A Lebanese Shiite Muslim man, center, hugs his relatives, upon his arrival from Iraq, at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 27, 2012. A roadside bomb exploded near a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims near Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, on May 23, killing three and wounding at least 10 others. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb blast outside Baghdad has injured 24 Pakistani pilgrims. Their bus overturned as it headed to a Shiite shrine.

Police say the bomb exploded Sunday evening as the bus was passing by the predominantly Sunni suburb of Saqlawiyah, located 75 kilometers (45 miles) west of Baghdad.

The bus was filled with Pakistani pilgrims who were headed from Syria to the gold-domed shrine to a Shiite imam in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kazimiyah.

A medical employee at a nearby hospital says 19 passengers were hurt by the blast, and another five were wounded when the bus overturned.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

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