In Iraq 24 hours before the country’s parliamentary elections the bombers have struck again, this time on the streets of the holy city of Najaf.
The explosion gutted two tour buses parked near the revered Imam Ali shrine. Its reported four pilgrims have been killed and dozens of people injured. At least 45 have now lost their lives in the violence that has marked the lead up to these elections.
North East of Baghdad in the volatile Diyala province an al Qaeda umbrella group has warned Iraqis they risked death if they voted.
On the streets of Baghdad security measures have been stepped up with checkpoints throughout the capital. Despite that optimism remains amongst many voters as one Baghdad resident, Ahmed Malik explained.
“We go to vote tomorrow, God willing. I have high confidence in myself and others that the people will elect a powerful government that will work to build this country, which has been suffering for more than 30 years until today,” he said.
Despite those hopes experts believe there will be no clear winner in these polls that could define the future of this country as US troops prepare to depart.