An attack on a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in Iraq on March 31 left at least one dead and several wounded.

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ISNA reports that the bus was on its way to Samarra, about nine kilometres north of Baghdad.

Iran’s Pilgrimage Department has announced that the bus was traveling on a route that the department had prohibited. The department adds that the pilgrim bus trip was not organized by the government agency but rather by a private company.

The Pilgrimage Department reports that Samarra was deleted from the list of pilgrimage destinations a year ago due to security concerns.

Organizing pilgrimage trips for Iranians has become a lucrative business, and some illegal businesses even forge visas for travelers.