BAGHDAD — At least 21 people have been killed in multiple bombings during an annual Shiite pilgrimage in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad.
Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, with the Sunni radical group Islamic State claiming responsibility regarding the most deadly explosion.
The group said in an online statement distributed by supporters that a suicide bomber had targeted pilgrims. It said the attack was part of an offensive launched recently in apparent revenge for the killing of a senior leader.
Some of the victims were walking to the northern Baghdad shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim, whose death in 799 AD is an important date in the Shiite Muslim calendar and is commemorated annually.
IS militants fighting Iraqi forces in the north and west regularly target security personnel and Shiite civilians whom they consider apostates.
Islamic State’s Al Qaeda predecessor was blamed in the past for such attacks on Shiite pilgrims, including blasts in 2012 that left 70 people dead nationwide.
Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but there has been a string of blasts in recent days, including a suicide attack on Saturday that killed at least 19 people.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost