New York Times: ISIS Bomb Kills at Least 80 Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq — At least 80 people, many of them Shiite pilgrims on their way home to Iran, were killed Thursday when an Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with explosives at a roadside service station in southern Iraq, local officials said.
The devastating attack came two days after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi applauded the security forces for protecting the millions of Shiite Muslims who have flowed through southern Iraq in recent days for what many consider the world’s largest religious pilgrimage, larger even than the hajj in Saudi Arabia.
In years past, the annual rite known as Arbaeen, a commemoration of the martyrdom of the revered seventh century Shiite figure, Imam Hussein, was a frequent target of Sunni extremist groups like the Islamic State and its predecessor Al Qaeda in Iraq.
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