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.
4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs
SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.
Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.
The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.
The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.Follow @gorkhapost