Over two dozen people have been killed and more than 150 others have been wounded in a string of bomb attacks across Iraq ahead ofÂ Ashura. In the worst Thursday attack in the central Iraqi town of Hilla in Babil Province, Â twin car bombs killed 15 people, including the provincial councilor, Naama al-Bakri, a senior member of the ruling Dawaa Party, and injured 70 others. In the town of Karbala, a bomb killed one person and wounded 12 others. The late afternoon attack occurred despite the tight security and presence of some 20,000 police officers there. The reinforcement in Karbala came amid fears that attacks could continue in the days leading up to Ashura, which marks the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH). In Baghdad, eight people were killed and 30 others were injured when two explosive devices went off earlier in the afternoon. The first bomb was attached to a car near a commemoration ceremony in Sadr city. The incident left five dead and 25 wounded. The second, which killed three people and injured 20, exploded in Zaferaniya, south of the city center. Shias are preparing for Ashura, which falls on Sunday in Iraq and some other parts of the world, to commemorate the martyrdom in the year 680 of Imam Hussein (PBUH). Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to travel to the southern city of Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is situated. Meanwhile, A bomb explosion targeting Shia worshipers has left at least three people killed in Iraq, while four police officers have been killed in a shootout. At least 3 people have lost their lives and 28 others sustained injuries, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in eastern Baghdad, targeting a number of Shia worshippers who were on their way to the city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura.
August 14, 2014