Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
by Staff Writers
Hilla, Iraq (AFP) Jan 4, 2013
The death toll from a truck bomb targeting pilgrims after the conclusion of annual mourning rituals for a revered figure in Shiite Islam has risen to 23, an official said on Friday.
A further 49 people were wounded in the Thursday evening attack in the town of Musayyib, which lies about half-way along the main route linking Baghdad and the shrine city of Karbala where millions of worshippers have attended Arbaeen commemoration ceremonies in recent days.
The blast struck in a car park in Musayyib used mainly for vehicles transporting pilgrims.
The new figures were given by Hamed al-Milli, a councillor in Babil province, in which Musayyib lies.
Among the casualties were women and children.
Two separate roadside bombs in east Baghdad, one Friday morning and the other Thursday evening, each wounded eight Shiite pilgrims, officials said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni militants often try to target Shiites during commemoration rituals in a bid to incite sectarian bloodshed.
The violence came despite a massive security operation involving some 35,000 soldiers and police, mounted to safeguard the millions of Shiite Muslims travelling to and from Karbala for the conclusion of Arbaeen.
Arbaeen marks 40 days after the Ashura anniversary commemorating the killing of Imam Hussein, a revered figure in Shiite Islam, by the armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD.
Iraq: The first technology war of the 21st century
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|