Shia pilgrims killed in two Baghdad blasts


Al Jazeera

Two bombings in different parts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad have struck groups of Shia Muslims taking part in an annual religious pilgrimage, killing at least 15 people and injuring 38 others, Al Jazeera has learned.

One of the attacks on Monday hit a checkpoint in Saiydiyah district along a route used by pilgrims travelling to the city of Karbala for the “Arbaeen” commemoration, killing nine and injuring 21 others.

According to the Associated Press news agency, police said four soldiers are among the dead.

Police told Al Jazeera that another blast struck pilgrims in the Shaab neighbourhood, in the city’s north, killing at least six and injuring 17 others.

No groups immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

They were the first attacks on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad during the lead-up to Arbaeen, which is often marked by violence despite tight security measures to protect the pilgrims, many of whom travel to Karbala by foot, the AP reported.