(Xinhuanet) -- Two car bomb explosions have killed at least 32 Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad. Thousands of Shia pilgrims travelled to the city on Saturday for the final day of a festival at a holy shrine in the Iraqi capital.
The deadliest attack occurred at about 2:00 p.m. local time Saturday when a car bomb hit a procession of Shiite pilgrims near Sanaa Square outside the holy Shiite shrine district of Kadh-miyah in northern Baghdad.
Eighteen people were reported killed with at least 36 wounded. An earlier car bomb took place around mid-day when a booby- trapped car struck a procession of pilgrims in the Shula district of northwestern Baghdad, killing 14 people and wounding 32 others.
The pilgrims were returning on foot to their homes after taking part in one of the major Shiite rituals at Kadmiyah’s mausoleum of Imam Mussa al-Kadhim the 7th.
Large crowds of pilgrims from Iraqi cities and other Muslim countries have flocked to Kadhmiyah over the past few days to observe the annual commemoration of the Imam’s death.