Baghdad, Karachi and Beirut: Attacks in Muharram
As Shia Muslims prepare for 9th and 10th Muharram – the commemoration of the death of Imam Hussein – a litany of attacks has begun.
Two worshippers were killed and eight others wounded when a bomb struck a procession in the eastern neighbourhood of Baghdad Jadida (New Baghdad) in the afternoon, a police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In a separate attack in the east Baghdad neighbourhood of Fedhailia, three people were killed and five wounded by a bomb, according to an interior ministry official who did not want to be named.
Also on Saturday army Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim Khalil was shot dead by unidentified gunmen along a main road in east Baghdad, the official added.
And in the predominantly Sunni town of Abu Ghraib, just west of the capital, tribal leader Mahmoud Jassim al-Obeidi was killed by a bomb exploded outside his home early Saturday, a local official said.
A roadside bomb injured 19 people in Karachi as a procession made its way in the Paposh Nagar area in Karachi. The attack comes a day before the country also marks the second death anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in Rawalpindi after a rally.
A bomb exploded in a car in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Saturday, security sources told Reuters.