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Iran bus crash kills 28 pilgrims


At least 28 Iranian pilgrims have been killed and nine injured in a bus crash in western Iran, state media say.

The bus hit a building in a town in Ilam province, some 710km (440 miles) south-west of the capital Tehran.

Police said the vehicle had been travelling at a high speed and had mechanical problems.

The pilgrims were on their way to visit religious shrines in neighbouring Iraq. Iran has one of the worst road safety records in the world.

More than 26,000 people die in road accidents in Iran each year, according to official statistics.

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