At least five people were killed and some 36 others injured July 16 as an explosion ripped through Baghdad’s Shi’ite district of Sadr City. The improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at the entrance of a funeral tent that had been set up on the street. The attack came hours after authorities began imposing a strict curfew on Baghdad and set up check posts across the city in preparation for the Sunday martyrdom anniversary of the seventh Shi’ite Imam, Musa al-Kadhim. Another eight people sustained injuries in a bomb blast targeting visitors at Imam Musa’s mausoleum at Kadhimiya in northern Baghdad. (Press TV, Iran, July 16)
Shi’ite pilgrims were also targeted earlier this year during Arbaeen celebrations.