Hundreds of thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims are gathering in the Iraqi city of Karbala for the religious rite of Arba’een.
The event marks 40 days after Ashura, which mourns the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein.
Since the 2003 US-led invasion the city, which lies some 100 kilometres south west of Baghdad, has become a focus for terrorist attacks.
At least 14 people were killed yesterday after two car bombs were set off. While violence has fallen sharply since its peak four years ago, the explosions were among a series of attacks in Iraq in recent days which have left more than a 100 pilgrims and police officers dead.