Baghdad, May 2 (IANS) At least four Shia pilgrims were killed and 10 injured in a car bomb explosion in Baghdad on Monday, police said.
A booby-trapped car was detonated near a procession of Shia pilgrims moving on foot in the southern part of Baghdad, Xinhua news agency quoted the source as saying.
The attack came as thousands of Shia pilgrims were marching from Baghdad districts to the mausoleum of Imam Musa al-Kadhim in Baghdad’s northern district of Kadhimiyah to commemorate the death of the seventh of the most revered 12 Shia Imams.
Kadhim’s tomb is in a golden-domed mosque in the centre of the old part of the holy Shia Kadhimiyah district.
Insurgent groups, including Islamic State (IS) militant group, frequently attack Shia pilgrims who perform religious rituals in the Iraqi cities, killing and injuring hundreds of them in attempts to provoke sectarian strife in the violence-shattered country.
Iraq has been witnessing a wave of violence since the IS took control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions in June 2014.
Earlier, a report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq estimated that 1,119 Iraqis were killed and 1,561 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across Iraq during March.