Suicide blast kills dozens in Iraq

Attack targeted Shia pilgrims who gathered at a shrine in northwestern Baghdad.

    The attack occurred before Ashura, the end of a 10-day mourning period of Shia Muslims [AFP]

    The pilgrims were participating in a ritual procession related to Ashura, which falls on January 7 and is the end of the 10-day mourning period that marks the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

    Despite the chaos caused by the blast, people continued to converge on the shrine, the most important religious site in Baghdad for Shia Muslims.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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