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January 21, 2011
Posted: 916 GMT

Here are the latest images from yesterday's bloodshed in Iraq where at least 32 people were killed and 150 others were wounded in two explosions targeting Shiite pilgrims in Karbala, about 60 miles (100 km) south of Baghdad. The attack in Karbala came as tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are making their way to the city for Arbaeen, a religious observation. It follows 40 days of mourning for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed who was felled in a 7th century battle in the Iraqi city. It was the latest of several terrorist attacks across Iraq this week that have killed at least 118 people and wounded 450 others.

PHOTO: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images. Members of Iraq's security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala on Thursday as a spate of attacks across Iraq killed dozens, most of them in twin suicide car bombings in the holy city of Karbala.
PHOTO: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images. Members of Iraq's security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala on Thursday as a spate of attacks across Iraq killed dozens, most of them in twin suicide car bombings in the holy city of Karbala.
PHOTO: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images. Iraqi paramedics wheel an injured man into Karbala hospital emergency room after the deadly bombing in Karbala.
PHOTO: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images. Iraqi paramedics wheel an injured man into Karbala hospital emergency room after the deadly bombing in Karbala.
PHOTO: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images. Iraqi security forces stand guard Thursday as pilgrims walk on a main highway linking Baghdad to the shrine city of Karbala.
PHOTO: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images. Iraqi security forces stand guard Thursday as pilgrims walk on a main highway linking Baghdad to the shrine city of Karbala.

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muntazir   January 21st, 2011 11:54 am ET

its very bad .

Rosaline Nashfield   January 21st, 2011 4:04 pm ET

Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are making their way to Karbala, at this time, when the whole country Iraq is under the threat of attack different groups of different religions or believe, These thousands shurely know about this denger, so I think it is unfair to critisize the security forces, because Tens of thousands marching, even if they are not in one spot, they are in fact an open target. It is surely up to the goverment of Iraq and the mentality of the Iaqi people, to stop all these gatherings temporarily, at least. Thanks
Rosa

Fayyaz   January 22nd, 2011 9:28 am ET

@Rosa

Sorry but you won't understand the importance of this march. Its something that defines them. It gives them strength.

You're right that its not easy to stop these militants when so many people are marching towards a certain point but the matter is that the problem is with those who sponsor and prepare these militants rather than those who are just showing their respect to their leader.

miriam   January 23rd, 2011 1:10 pm ET

Rosa,

In other words, all innocent human beings who want to try and carry on with their lives as normal, have to surrender to the demands of terrorists, allow them to call the cards and consequently take over the world.

Great.

Unfortunately, too many in this world think like you and have already given in to the bullies.

Hassan   November 16th, 2011 5:29 am ET

are we really Muslims?
no in front of our eyes our mother and sister murdered even in muharram and ramzan..see all muharram sms you find only blood


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