|Bombing kills Iranian pilgrim in Iraq||
TEHRAN – An Iranian pilgrim was killed and 14 others were injured in a terrorists attack near Baghdad on Tuesday, an official at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization announced on Wednesday.
The bombing came a day after two separate attacks on Shia pilgrims in Iraq killed 34 people.
Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 10 Shia pilgrims on Tuesday as they were making their way on foot in southern Iraq, according to The Associated Press.
In the deadlier of the two attacks, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt among a group of pilgrims south of Baghdad, near the town of Mahmoudiya. That attack killed six people and wounded 16, police officials said.
The pilgrims were headed to the city of Karbala, 90 kilometers (55 miles) to the south, to commemorate Arbaeen, the end of 40 days of mourning following the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, a revered Shia figure.
About two hours earlier, a bomb blast struck another group of Shia pilgrims in Baghdad, also on their way to Karbala. That bombing, in the southeastern neighborhood of New Baghdad, killed four people and wounded 11, the police officials said.
Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.
Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims make their way every year to Karbala for Arbaeen. Al-Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim insurgents frequently target Shias.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Also on Friday, 15 Iranian pipeline workers were killed and four others were injured in a terrorist attack in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.
Violence in Iraq is at the highest level in at least five years. More than 8,000 people have been killed this year, according to the United Nations.
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