Shi’ites were targeted in a wave of blasts and other attacks, while many of them were taking part in Ashura rituals. Overall, at least 50 people were killed and 131 more were wounded. This solemn holiday marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the 7th century and has become a symbol of the Shi’ite-Sunni schism. Sunnis, however, also suffered casualties in today’s violence. Millions of pilgrims are expected to arrive in the holy city of Karbala and will be easy targets for militants.
An explosion near a policeman’s home in Garma drew spectators to three more blasts that killed four people and wounded 24 more.
Four gunmen were killed in Jazira.
In Badush, a bomb killed three policemen and wounded two more.
A clash in Said Ghraib left two gunmen dead and five policemen wounded.
A roadside bomb in Riyadh killed one soldier and wounded four more.
In Saniya, a bomb killed a soldier and wounded four more.
An I.E.D. in Samarra wounded a policeman.