At least 15 people died Thursday by bombs targeting the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims took part in the final day of a Shiite religious holiday, officials said. The deaths came one day after some 60 people were killed in attacks in and around the Iraqi capital.
Six people died in eastern Baghdad and 36 were hurt when a roadside bomb exploded Thursday morning as pilgrims were walking home from the mosque in the Kazimiyah neighborhood, while a car bomb in southern Baghdad killed another person. According to the AP, five more people were killed and 42 injured by a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad. And in the afternoon, a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad killed three people and wounded another 21 along a street where religious pilgrims were returning home.
On his part, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was visiting Lebanon on Thursday, condemned the blasts in Baghdad of the past two days. "Those who benefit from such acts are the enemies of humanity, the enemies of democracy," he said.