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Suicide bombers disguised as pilgrims infiltrate Iraq

The suicide bombers who have been striking Iraqi pilgrims are motivated by jihadist ideology.
Shi'ite pilgrims beat their chests in a ceremony to mark the religious ritual of Arbain in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 23, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims have been pouring into the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala to mark Arbain, a major event in the Shi'ite Muslim calendar. Pilgrims have been arriving from Iran, Pakistan and Gulf Arab countries to observe the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the deat
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A suicide bomber walks into a crowd of pilgrims going to the city of Karbala, which Iraq’s Shiites consider holy, then blows himself up among the crowd by pressing the detonation button on his explosives belt while shouting “Allahu Akbar” [God is the greatest]. The loud explosion shreds the victims’ bodies.

Because of strong security measures, the suicide bomber has become an alternative to the car bomb. He can easily infiltrate a crowd and is hard to detect.

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