Published On:November 25, 2016, 11:26 am
On Thursday at least 80 people were killed when a truck bomb detonated and blew up at a gas station in Iraq, the U.S. State Department mentioned.
According to the authorities, most of the victims who died in the blast were Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims. Also, ISIS which is a Sunni terror group alleged and claimed responsibility for the attack.
The ISIS statement read, "The flames of battles in Mosul will reach them in Baghdad, Karbala and Najaf." Iranians were also among the ones who were killed.
The leader of Babel Security Council, Falah al Radhi said, the detonation took place on a highway southeast of Baghdad in between Babel and Al-Qadisiyyah.
Radhi further stated that, in addition to the deceased, there were at least 50 people who were wounded.
The unfortunate parked truck explosion incident took place near many buses carrying Shi’ite pilgrims, of which most were Iranians. The Iranian pilgrims were in Iraq to honor and venerate Imam Hussein’s (grandson of the Prophet Mohammed) death. After Mohammed's death in 632, Hussein was killed during a battle near Karbala for control of the Muslim nation.
Hussein’s 7th century death resulted in a split between Shi’ite and Sunne Muslims which even today divides the sects.
At the time of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's rule, the Sunni leader interdicted Shi’ite pilgrims to make a journey on foot. However, post the US led invasion took down the President, the pilgrimages started to swell in numbers.
In the past few years, the number of pilgrims who have been killed in several attacks blamed on Sunni extremists. In spite of the recurring dangers and threat, Shi’ite pilgrims yet make the forbidden journey to Karbala.
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