Bomb attacks against Shiite pilgrims kill 23 in south of Baghdad
Up to 23 people were killed and some 82 others wounded in two bomb attacks which targeted Shiite pilgrims in south of Baghdad on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
One of the attacks occurred in the city of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, when two car bombs went off near Shiite pilgrims at a restaurant, killing 15 people and wounding some 60 others, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Most of the victims were Shiite pilgrims and security members who were guarding the area, the source said.
Earlier the source said that two roadside bombs attacked at the scene and leaving one dead and 18 injured.
Meanwhile, another attack took place in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, some 110 km south of Baghdad, when a booby-trapped bomb detonated near Shiite pilgrims at the eastern entrance of the city, killing eight people and wounding 22 others, the source added.
Iraqi security forces blocked the roads to central Karbala which leads to the shrine of Imam Hussein, one of the 12 most Shiite revered Imams.
Insurgent groups frequently carried out attacks against Shiite pilgrims who were performing communal rituals, killing and wounding hundreds of them in attempts to provoke sectarian strife in the country.