Officials say three women suicide bombers have claimed close to thirty lives, as a major religious event comes to a climax in Baghdad. As Shi’ite pilgrims poured into the Iraqi capital on foot, the three explosions in the Karrada district also wounded a hundred people.
The Iraqi government said it expected more people on this year’s pilgrimage because safety had been improved. At least a million are expected to visit the Kadhamiya shrine by tomorrow, to mark the death of an imam.
Meanwhile, in Kurdish northern Iraq, an explosion and ensuing rifle fire in Kirkuk brought the deaths of more than twenty people, amid demonstrations over election rules. Many were hurt in the panic.
Women have carried out more than 20 suicide attacks in Iraq this year. Women attackers often slip through security checks which are less strict than for men. Female guards were deployed around Kadhamiya.