Dozens of people were martyred and injured on Saturday as terrorist attacks targeted pilgrims across Iraq.
At least 49 people and wounded at least 75 when a blast targeted pilgrims commemorating Imam Mohammad al-Jawad’s martyrdom, the ninth Imam of prophet Mohammad’s holy family.
Accounts differed as to whether the attack on the pilgrims in the Adhamiyah area of north Baghdad was a bomb followed by a suicide bombing, or a suicide attack alone.
In the town of Balad, north of the capital, a suicide bomber struck a cafe, killing 12 people and wounding 35, police and a doctor said.
The same cafe was attacked by a suicide bomber in August, killing 16 people.
Earlier on Saturday, gunmen killed two Iraqi journalists in the northern city of Mosul.
The Sharqiya television channel said two of its journalists — correspondent Mohammed Karim al-Badrani and cameraman Mohammed Ghanem — were assassinated in Mosul.
Police and a doctor confirmed the two journalists had been shot dead.
Another bombing in the Bayaa area of Baghdad itself killed two people and wounded at least 10.
And the Iraqi defense ministry said that security forces killed five militants in clashes south of the town of Baiji, and two more in the northern province of Nineveh.
Source: Al Manar