Saturday, June 16, 2012

Iraq: 2 car bombs target Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad, 26 killed

Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the Kazimiyah area of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Car bombs targeting religious processions in Iraq's capital killed and wounded scores of people on the last day of a Shiite pilgrimage already hit three times in some of the deadliest violence since American troops withdrew, police said. (AP Photo)
That's on top of more than 70 killed 3 days ago.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Double car bombs targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad killed at least 26 people on Saturday in the latest attacks by insurgents trying to tip Iraq back into widespread sectarian violence.

It was the third day of bombings to strike Shi'ite pilgrims this week. On Wednesday, a wave of bombings killed more than 75 people across Iraq in the bloodiest violence since U.S. troops left the country in December.

Saturday's car bombs exploded near Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, scattering body parts and clothing along a route used by pilgrims marking the anniversary of the death of Shi'ite imam Moussa al-Kadhim, a great-grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

"We rushed to the scene, there were dismembered bodies, shoes, plastic bags, women's robes left all around, and people were screaming everywhere," said Ahmed Maati, a policeman working nearby.