JNN 17 Dec 2013 Baghdad : At least 77 people were killed and 138 others wounded in violent attack in Iraq on Monday, including Suicide attacks on Shiite pilgrims in the capital city of Baghdad, police said.
Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 10 Shiite pilgrims on Tuesday as they were making their way on foot to a holy city in southern Iraq, officials said.
In the deadlier of the two attacks, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt among a group of pilgrims south of Baghdad, near the town of Mahmoudiya. That attack killed six people and wounded 16, police officials said.
The pilgrims were headed to the city of Karbala, 90 kilometers (55 miles) to the south, to commemorate Arbaeen, the end of 40 days of mourning following the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, a revered Shiite figure.
About two hours earlier, a bomb blast struck another group of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, also on their way to Karbala. That bombing, in the southeastern neighborhood of New Baghdad, killed four people and wounded 11, the police officials said.
Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.
In Iraq, Millions of Shiite pilgrims make their way every year to Karbala for Arbaeen. Al-Qaida and other Wahabi insurgents frequently target the Shiites, whom they consider to be infidel. Also, the Shiite marches to holy cities are typically poorly protected by Iraqi security forces.
Tuesday’s bombings came a day after two separate attacks on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq killed 34 people.
At least 25 people were killed and 52 others injured when two car bombs went off simultaneously in the Rashid district in southern Baghdad, targeting Shiite pilgrims who were heading to the holy city of Karbala, some 110 km south of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, was responsible for such bombings in the country.
Earlier in the day, a wave of violent attacks across the country killed 42 people and wounded 86 others, raising fears that terrorist groups and militia could drive the country to the verge of uncontrollable sectarian violence.
Monday’s attacks came amid escalation of sectarian tension between the Wahabi and Shiite communities, which has been at its highest level since the U.S. troops pulled out from the country at the end of 2011.
With the Invasion of Iraq by the US Troops and then their Withdrawl after the Iraqi Democratically elected Government rejected the further stay of US forces in Iraq , the CIA Penetrated Al Qaeda Agents which were in total control during the US force stay in Iraq have been still in control and are well placed all over Iraq and they are involved in their extremist and terrorist activities , and Make the Iraqi People feel sorry for their rejection of the presence of the US force in their country , and due to that the Level of Insurgency has been grown once again to a level which is alarming , and due to this fact even the Iraqi Government has noe even officially asked the US Government to help them restore Law and order and share Intelligence in order to keep the volatile atmosphere of the country , back to peace and tranquility .
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, 8,109 Iraqis were killed in the country from January to November this year.