Triple bombs kill 8 Shiites during Ashoura ritual in Iraq’s Baqouba

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 14:16

Zee Media Bureau

Baghdad: In the latest incident of violence in Iraq, three bombs were detonated near a bunch of Shiites who were observing the ritual of Ashoura in eastern city of Baqouba on Wednesday, police officials told.

Eight were killed including two children aged 9 and 10 years, reports said.

Ashoura is an annual mourning period during which Shia Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala, Iraq.

The ritual which draws hundreds of thousands of Shiites, is often targeted by Sunni extremists who consider Shiites to be heretics.

The attack in the city of Baqouba, a former al Qaeda stronghold, also wounded 35 people.

Iraq has been seeing increasing attacks in recent months with most of them targeting Shia Muslims and staged by Sunni extremists.

The upsurge in attacks came after a government crackdown in April on a Sunni extremist camp.

Over 5000 have been killed since then in Iraq and in September alone near 1000 had been killed according to a UN estimate.
With Agency Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 14:16
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