The deadly blasts reportedly took place near the holy shrine of the first Shia Imam, Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib (AS), At least four Iranians pilgrims have been martyred in a car bomb explosion that rocked the central Iraqi city of Najaf early on Saturday, a day before parliamentary elections start in the country.
The incident, which occurred only a day before the national elections in Iraq,
also left 54 people seriously wounded, Najaf medical officials reported.
According to Shiite News, the explosion targeted two tour buses parked at a garage near the holy shrine of the first Shia Imam, Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib (PBUH), which draws millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world each year.
This blast comes despite stringent security measures adopted by the Iraqi government to protect voters ahead of the Election Day on March 7.
The blast occurred at 9:00 am local time near two tour coaches parked in ‘Safi Safa’ garage near the Imam Ali shrine, Hossein Akbari, an official from Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, told Shiite News.
Local officials announced that the blast occurred 500m away from Imam Ali’s shrine in Najaf.
Meantime, Salim Nema, a Najaf health official, said the attack wounded 54 people, including 17 Iraqis and 37 Iranians.