Multiple attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens others, in a day that saw a spike of violence across the country blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Police told Al Jazeera that two improvised bombs and a car bomb exploded on Monday in the Tunis neighbourhood in the city’s north, which is populated by many Shias. Three mortar shells also exploded in a Shia camp.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said that ISIL had threatened to attack Shias leading up to Ashoura, which concludes on Tuesday.
“We are seeing spikes of attacks,” he said. “This may be well be a realisation of the ISIL threats.”
Ashoura sees Shia Muslim commemoratee the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the seventh century. Some Sunnis also mark the day.
In the Baghdad suburb of Nahrawan, police said a bomb also struck a group of Shia pilgrims, killing five people and wounding 11.
Another a bomb blast on a commercial street killed three people and wounded 11 others in Baghdad’s western district of Amil, while a roadside bomb struck a western suburb, killing two soldiers.
Police said three mortars landed on the edge of Baghdad’s district of Khazimiyah late on Monday, where thousands of Shia pilgrims were converging, killing five people, including some pilgrims, and wounding 17.