BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 11 Shiite pilgrims were killed and 43 others wounded in three attacks in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said.
Seven Shiite pilgrims were killed and 21 others wounded when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up among the pilgrims near a checkpoint in Baghdad’s western district of Mansour, the police source told Xinhua.
Also on Thursday, a car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims near Alnahda square in eastern Baghdad killed four people and injured 14 others, the source said, adding that another car bomb exploded in Ur district of eastern Baghdad, with eight pilgrims wounded.
The attacks took place as many Shiite Iraqis took their yearly pilgrimage to the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, one of the Twelve Imams revered by Shiite Muslims, in the Kadhimiya district of northern Baghdad.
Iraq is witnessing some of its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.
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