Iraq: 9 killed in attacks on Shi'ite pilgrims

July 7, 2010 07:30


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BAGHDAD — Nine Shi'ite Muslims taking part in a religious pilgrimage were killed and dozens were wounded in insurgent mortar attacks and roadside bomb explosions across Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police officials said.

The attacks took place in at least six locations around the capital as devout Shi'ites converged on a mosque in the Kazimiyah neighborhood to commemorate the July 7 anniversary of the death of the seventh imam.

Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ites from around Iraq have turned out in Baghdad for ceremonies marking the eighth-century death of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim. Pilgrims traditionally walk to the twin-domed shrine in Kazimiyah, where the revered saint is buried.

Huge religious processions of Iraq's majority Shiite sect have often been targeted by suspected Sunni insurgents in the past years of sectarian bloodshed that had the nation teetering on the brink of civil war from 2005 to 2007.

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