One martyred, four injured in bomb blast near Shia pilgrimage in Baghdad

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - One person was martyred, five others were injured as an IED, that targeted Shia pilgrimage, exploded on al-Resala al-Oula district in Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb planted near Shia pilgrims on al-Resala al-Oula district in al-Baiyaa region, south of Baghdad, exploded leaving one person killed and four others wounded,” the source told Al Ghad Press on Thursday.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot preventing approach of citizens in fear of other blasts,” the source said, adding that “the forces kept the pilgrims en route to Kadhimiyah neighborhood away from the place and guided them to alternative roads.

Troops, according to the source, are searching for other bombs that could have been placed by terrorists in the district.

Tight security measures are imposed to protect the pilgrims who commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, the seventh of 12 imams revered in Shia Islam.

Violence in the country, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), left 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 84 deaths and 246 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count.

While several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility, ISIS terrorists said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.

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