Iraqi police say a female suicide bomber has killed at least 32 people in an
attack on Shi'ite pilgrims south of Baghdad.
Police say the bomber blew herself
up in a crowd of women and children Friday in the town of Iskandariyah, about 40
kilometers south of the capital. They say she hid her explosives under her
abaya, the traditional black robe worn by Iraqi Muslim women.
at least 65 people were wounded in the blast, which targeted Shi'ite Muslim
pilgrims making their way south for a major religious ceremony.
have been a string of attacks this week on Shi'ite pilgrims heading to the holy
city of Karbala for the annual Shi'ite religious ceremony of Arbaeen on Monday.
On Thursday, Iraqi officials said a bomb blast killed at least eight
pilgrims and wounded more than 50 others near the Imam Hussein shrine in
And on Wednesday, twin bombings killed 16 people near a Baghdad
bus station where Shi'ite pilgrims were traveling to Karbala.
took place despite increased security. Authorities have set up checkpoints on
routes into the central Iraqi city.
The Arbaeen ceremony marks the end of
the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the death of Imam
Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the seventh century
Some information for this report was provided by
AFP and Reuters.