Roadside bomb hits Iraqi minibus carrying pilgrims


BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb has hit a minibus carrying Shiite pilgrims to the holy city of Karbala, killing three.

Police and hospital officials say the bus was struck Tuesday about 55 kilometers (35 miles) south of Baghdad while it was traveling between the towns of Musayyib and Iskandariyah. They say another 15 were wounded.

Tens of thousands of Shiites are massing in the holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, for the annual festival of Shabaniyah marking the anniversary of the birth of the ninth-century Shiite leader known as the Hidden Imam.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to journalists.

Iraq is weathering its deadliest outburst of violence since 2008.