Three Shiite pilgrims killed, 27 injured in Baghdad bomb attacks

14:22, July 07, 2010      

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In a new wave of attacks against Shiite pilgrims on Tuesday, at least three were killed and 27 others injured in bomb and mortar attacks when they were en route to attend a major ceremony at a holy shrine in northern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

In the new Baghdad district, two pilgrims were killed and five injured when a roadside bomb was detonated close to them, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, a pilgrim was killed and nine others wounded when three mortar rounds landed on them while they were travelling on foot in Baghdad's northwestern district of Shula on their way to the holy district of Kadhmiyah, said the source.

Another five pilgrims were wounded when a roadside bomb went off while they were walking in Fadhiliyah neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad heading to Kadhmiyah, said the source.

In southern Baghdad, eight pilgrims were wounded in three bomb explosions targeted Shiite processions travelling on foot from the southern Iraqi provinces to observe the major Shiite ritual whose climax will be on Thursday.

About one million pilgrims from many parts of Baghdad and other provinces are expected to gather near the Imam Mussa al-Kadhim shrine in the capital's Kadhmiyah district for the annual commemoration of the death of the seventh of the most sacred 12 Shiite Imams.

During the 2005 ceremony, Kadhmiyah witnessed one of the deadliest incidents since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 when about 1,000 Shiite pilgrims, most of whom women and children, were killed in a deadly stampede on a bridge over the Tigris River when rumors of suicide bombs circulated.

Source: Xinhua


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