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At least 46 people were killed and 100 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Thursday, including a wave of bombings against Shiite pilgrims, police said.
The deadliest attack occurred around noon when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest among a procession of Shiite pilgrims on a highway in Doura district in the southern part of Baghdad, killing 17 pilgrims and wounding 35 others
Insurgents frequently attacked Shiite pilgrims who perform communal rituals in the Iraqi cities, killing and wounding hundreds of them in attempts to provoke sectarian strife in the violence-shattered country.
Arbaeen, which marks the 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, has been marred by deadly attacks in recent years as Iraq struggles with sectarian divisions.
Many also fear that violence is spilling over from the war in neighboring Syria, where militants are fighting in an affiliate of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
- In one of the attacks on Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a group of pilgrims on foot on the main road leading south from Baghdad to Karbala, killing 10 of them and wounding 24, the police said.
- Another suicide bomber blew himself up at a different spot along the same road, killing 10 and wounding 16.
- A third suicide bomber blew himself up at a tent that had been set up to provide services for the pilgrims, killing 14 and wounding 26, the police said.
One man who was making the pilgrimage said the pilgrims would not be deterred. “Nothing will stop us from visiting our imam,” said the man, Ali al-Rubayi. “The killers are coming from Syria to kill us. Al-Qaeda wants to form its state, and we will not allow it. We are waiting for our Shiite leaders to give us orders to fight them.”
In other attacks, two soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Mishahda, north of Baghdad, a police source said
Meanwhile Thursday, gunmen wearing military uniforms broke into the home of a former member of anti-al-Qaida Sunni militia in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing him, his wife, his two children and his brother-in-law, a police officer said. The officer said the attack wounded two other children.
The Sunni militia, known as Sahwa, joined forces with U.S. forces during the height of Iraq's sectarian conflict to fight al-Qaida. Ever since it has been a target for Sunni insurgents who consider its members traitors.
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