Suicide bombing against Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad kills 9

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing in Baghdad targeting Shiite Muslims taking part in an annual pilgrimage has killed nine people and wounded another 21.

Monday’s attack targeted a checkpoint along a route used by pilgrims in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of al-Shaab.

Police officials say four soldiers are among the dead.

It was the first attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad during the lead-up to the religious commemoration known as Arbaeen, when Shiite faithful converge on the holy city of Karbala.

The annual commemoration is often marked by violence despite tight security measures to protect the pilgrims, many of whom travel to Karbala on foot.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information.

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