FILE PHOTO: Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims rest after entering Iraq through the Zurbatia border crossing between Iran and Iraq, as they head towards Iraq's holy city of Kerbala to attend the holy Shi'ite ritual of Arbaeen, in Zurbatia, Iraq .REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

 – At least nine Iranian pilgrims died and dozens were injured when a bus carrying them collided with a truck in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya on Mondaytwo medical sources said.

The bus was crammed with pilgrims en route to the holy Shi’ite Muslim city of Karbala, the sources told Reuters.

One of the medical sources said 31 people, including women and children, were injured and five of them were in a critical condition.

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(Reporting by Maher al-Saih in Nassiriya, Writing by Amina Ismail and Jana Choukeir, Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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