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Suicide bomber kills 8, injures 30 pilgrims in Iraq, officials say

By the CNN Wire
  • Suicide bomber drives into a tent, killing 8 and injuring 30, police say
  • The victims were Shiite pilgrims attending a service for a beloved Imam

(CNN) -- A suicide bomber drove into a rest tent for Shiite pilgrims in Iraq Thursday, killing eight people and injuring 30 others, police officials in Samarra said.

The attack occured at 2 p.m. in Al-Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad, the officials said.

The victims were among thousands of Shiite pilgrims headed to Samarra Saturday to commemorate the death of Imam al-Askri, who died in 874 A.D and is buried at a mosque there.