Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi’ites are today making a pilgrimage that in the last two years has been marred by violence. An army security cordon and a ban on vehicles have been put in place around the pilgrimage to the shrine of the revered ancient Imam Musa Kadhim in Baghdad. Two years ago almost a thousand people died when rumours of a suicide bomber caused a stampede on a bridge located on the pilgrims’ route. Then, last year, gunmen hidden on rooftops opened fire on the crowd, killing 20 and injuring a further 300 people. By the height of this year’s procession at noon, police had reported no disturbances.
Tight security surrounds Iraqi pilgrimage