Baghdad: Attacks kill 8 Shia pilgrims
More than 40 were killed in Baghdad Monday, many of whom were on their way to the Shiite holy city of Karbala. [aim]
Iraqi security officials say deadly attacks, including a bombing, have killed at least eight Shia pilgrims in the Baghdad Province.
On Tuesday, four Shia pilgrims were killed in a bomb explosion in the south of the province, the unnamed officials said.
In another attack, militants in a passing car threw a hand grenade at a group of pilgrims, killing at least four of them, the officials added.
Reports say that dozens more were also injured in the two attacks.
On Monday, in one of the deadliest waves of terrorist attacks hitting the Arab country, at least 70 people were killed.
No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks on Shia Muslim pilgrims, but systematic bombings are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda-linked groups that according to Iraqi officials seek to destabilize the country.
On December 1, the country’s ministries of health and defense said that 948 people, including 852 civilians, 53 police officers and 43 soldiers, were killed in violent attacks across the country in November.
Another 1,349 people were also injured in the attacks.
The figures make November one of the deadliest months in 2013, with civilians accounting for about 90 percent of the fatalities.
The United Nations says at least 8,000 people have lost their lives in Iraq so far this year.
On October 23, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that Iraq is facing a “war of genocide.”
He blamed the al-Qaeda-affiliated militant groups for killing thousands of people in Iraq, saying that the group is “destroying the houses of citizens and killing them, and blowing up government departments.”