Blast kills nine Shia pilgrims in Iraq

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 11 February 2011


iraq-violenceAt least nine people have been martyred and 43 others wounded when a car bomb targeted Shia Muslim pilgrims in Iraq's northern province of Salahuddin.

An explosives-laden vehicle went off near worshippers at around 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT) local time in the small Shia town of Dujail,
The pilgrims were on their way to the holy city of Samarra to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hasan al-Askari (PBUH) - the eleventh Shia Imam - in the year 874 CE (260 AH).

The attack comes a day after eight people were killed and 68 others injured as three car bombs were detonated in quick succession in Iraq's northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The triple attack targeted a security building.

The attacks are the latest in a new spate of deadly bombings that have claimed dozens of lives across war-torn Iraq.

On January 27, at least 48 people were killed and 65 wounded when a car bomb targeted a funeral ceremony in Baghdad's predominantly Shia district of Shula.

Recent terrorist attacks in Iraq have mainly targeted the majority Shia community and security forces.

Sporadic high-profile bomb explosions have raised concerns about an uptick in violence in Iraq. They also pose a major challenge to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition government took office in December 2010.

">  situated about 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, A local news agency reported.

The pilgrims were on their way to the holy city of Samarra to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hasan al-Askari (PBUH) - the eleventh Shia Imam - in the year 874 CE (260 AH).

The attack comes a day after eight people were killed and 68 others injured as three car bombs were detonated in quick succession in Iraq's northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The triple attack targeted a security building.

The attacks are the latest in a new spate of deadly bombings that have claimed dozens of lives across war-torn Iraq.

On January 27, at least 48 people were killed and 65 wounded when a car bomb targeted a funeral ceremony in Baghdad's predominantly Shia district of Shula.

Recent terrorist attacks in Iraq have mainly targeted the majority Shia community and security forces.

Sporadic high-profile bomb explosions have raised concerns about an uptick in violence in Iraq. They also pose a major challenge to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition government took office in December 2010.

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