Mortars kill seven pilgrims in Iraq holy city: police
Karbala: A mortar attack killed seven people and wounded 46 in the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala as pilgrims gathered for a ceremony, Iraqi police said Wednesday.
"Several mortars landed at 11:00 pm (0800 GMT on Tuesday), killing seven pilgrims and injuring 46, in a neighbourhood located four kilometres northwest of the centre
of the city," a Karbala police officer said.
"The pilgrims were coming from around the city to participate in the ceremony" marking the birthday of the Mahdi, the 12th and last Shiite imam, the officer said, adding
several houses were damaged.
Shiites -- the majority of Iraq`s population -- believe the imam will return to Earth on the Day of Judgment.
Yesterday`s attack came a day after twin car bombings in Karbala killed 21 people and wounded at least 47 others.
US and Iraqi officials have warned of the dangers of an upsurge in violence as negotiations on forming a new governing coalition have dragged on, more than four months after Parliamentary Elections.
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