Baghdad: A bomb hidden in a rickshaw killed
two Muslim Shiite pilgrims and wounded 26 others south of
Baghdad, Iraqi officials said on Saturday.
Two Police officers said the bomb exploded early this
morning while the three-wheeled vehicle was waiting for
commuters near the holy city of Karbala.
A doctor in Karbala has confirmed the casualty figures.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because
they are not authorized to brief the media.
Shiite pilgrims are celebrating the birthday of Mohammed
al-Mahdi, the twelfth and so-called hidden imam, who
disappeared in the ninth century.
Pilgrims are often targeted by insurgents looking to
stoke sectarian violence.
Karbala is about 90 kilometres south of Baghdad.