News ID: 331887
Publish Date: 15 January 2012 - 06:50
Navideshahed: At least 20 people have lost their lives in a bomb explosion that targeted Shia pilgrims in Iraq's southern city of Basra, Iraqi police say.

The bomb exploded on Saturday when a crowd of Shia pilgrims gathered on the outskirts of the city to commemorate Arbaeen.

Arbaeen marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hussein, Prophet Muhammad's grandson and the third Shia Imam.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene as rescue workers and medics were trying to evacuate the victims to nearby medical centers.

Over the past days, large crowds of Shia mourners from various countries have arrived in Karbala.

Despite the recent spate of terrorist attacks which targeted pilgrims in different parts of Baghdad, many people kept walking from their hometowns to Karbala.

In recent weeks, scores of people have been killed in bomb attacks targeting Shia Muslims.

The deadliest attack took place on January 5, in which 70 people lost their lives in blasts in Baghdad and southern Iraq.

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Source: IRIB World Service

The bomb exploded on Saturday when a crowd of Shia pilgrims gathered on the outskirts of the city to commemorate Arbaeen. Arbaeen marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hussein, Prophet Muhammad's grandson and the third Shia Imam. Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene as rescue workers and medics were trying to evacuate the victims to nearby medical centers. Over the past days, large crowds of Shia mourners from various countries have arrived in Karbala. Despite the recent spate of terrorist attacks which targeted pilgrims in different parts of Baghdad, many people kept walking from their hometowns to Karbala. In recent weeks, scores of people have been killed in bomb attacks targeting Shia Muslims. The deadliest attack took place on January 5, in which 70 people lost their lives in blasts in Baghdad and southern Iraq. The End Source: IRIB World Service
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