Roadside bombs in Baghdad kill eight including pilgrims

Two roadside bombs killed eight people on Monday in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad.

Roadside bombs in Baghdad kill eight including pilgrims
Two roadside bombs killed eight people on Monday in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad as pilgrims streamed home from a major Shi'ite religious rite south of the capital, Iraqi police said.

One bomb killed four pilgrims in a minibus and wounded 13 others in Kamaliya, a Shi'ite area of eastern Baghdad, on their return from Arbain, an annual pilgrimage that attracts hundreds of thousands of Shi'ites from Iraq and beyond.

The explosion came several hours after another roadside bomb killed four people and wounded 13, in the sprawling slum of Sadr City, a stronghold in northeastern Baghdad of supporters of anti-American Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

There were conflicting reports about whether those targeted in that attack were also pilgrims.

Baghdad has been relatively empty for days with many from Iraq's Shi'ite majority making the journey to the holy city of Kerbala, 80 km (50 miles) south of the capital.

Arbain marks the end of an annual mourning period for the death in a seventh century battle of Hussein, the Prophet Mohammad's grandson.

Reuters
Last Mod: 17 Şubat 2009, 11:14
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