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Roadside bomb strikes bus, civilians killed

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seven people were killed and others were injured by roadside bomb
  • One official says U.S. military convoy may have been intended target

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Seven civilians were killed and 14 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded by a bus carrying passengers in al-Maaqal district in northern Basra Sunday morning, police told CNN.

Among the dead and wounded were women and children, police said.

A local official said that he believed that a U.S. military convoy was the intended target. The bomb exploded just seconds after a military convoy passed, but struck the bus instead, Ali al-Maliki, head of the Basra provincial council's security committee told CNN.

Oil-rich Basra is about 550 km south of Baghdad.