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Death toll in Iraq blast rises to 36

world Updated: Feb 13, 2011 13:15 IST

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Iraqi officials say the death toll in a suicide bombing on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims has risen to 36. The blast went off on Saturday, as pilgrims were returning from a religious ceremony.

Police and hospital officials said Sunday that 64 people were wounded in the attack in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

The officials did not want to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

The bomber blew himself up on a bus carrying pilgrims back from the al-Askari mosque which has been a flashpoint for bloodshed in the past.

A 2006 bombing by Sunni insurgents destroyed its golden dome and sparked retaliatory bloodshed between Sunnis and Shiites.