Suicide blasts hit Iraqi Shia Muslim pilgrims
UPDATE 12:10 EDT:
The number of victims affected by the three female suicide bombers in Iraq is much greater than originally thought. The AP now reports at least 57 dead and almost 300 wounded. Let's hope those numbers don't rise.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Female suicide bombers struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300, police said.
Three women detonated their explosive vests in the middle of pilgrims in Baghdad, moments after a roadside bomb attack, killing at least 32 people and wounding 102, Iraqi officials said.
In the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk, 25 people were killed and 185 wounded when a blast tore through a crowd of Kurds protesting a draft provincial elections law, officials said.
Just before the Shia Muslim's ceremony to commemorate the death of a revered eighth-century imam, Musa al-Kadhim, a powerful suicide blast took place in Baghdad. The event would climax on Tuesday and more than a million worshippers are expected.
Shia's have been targetted with bomb attacks in the past as well by the Sunni-based insurgents. Fight between Shia and Sunni's have escalated and these attacks dominate the cycle of sectarian violence in Iraq.
Nineteen people have been killed and at least 30 wounded in suicide attacks against pilgrims in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police say.
The attacks, carried out by women, targeted Shia Muslims heading for the Kadhimiya shrine in the north of the city for annual ceremonies.
The bombers struck as pilgrim convoys passed through the central Karrada district.
The city has been under heavy security measures because of the pilgrimage.