An explosion in the Iraqi city of Karbala has killed at least twenty Shia pilgrims as they travelled to a religious festival. More than a hundred people were injured in what’s described as a suicide bomb attack south of Baghdad.
The pilgrims were arriving in large numbers to visit an important shrine for Shia Muslims. Officials say a motorbike towing a cart laden with explosives rode into the crowd on the outskirts of Karbala.
It is the latest and most serious in a series of attacks targetting pilgrims, and comes despite tough security measures to try to counter sectarian violence. In western Baghdad another bomb attack killed one person and injured two others. On Monday 41 people were killed and more than a hundred injured by a female suicide bomber in north-east Baghdad.
The Iraqi prime minister blamed that attack on the banned Baath party of the former leader Saddam Hussein. An upsurge in violence is feared ahead of parliamentary elections next month.
Shia pilgrims killed in Iraqi suicide bomb