2 Million Pilgrims in Iraq’s Samarra for Mourning Ritual
Around two million pilgrims from Iraq and other countries converged on the city of Samarra, 125 km north of Baghdad, for mourning rituals marking the martyrdom anniversary of Ali ibn Mohammad (AS), the tenth Shiite Imam.
According to top Iraqi military commander Emad al-Zuhairi, the huge crowd of pilgrims performed the religious rites in full security.
The city of Samarra hosts the shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and his son Imam Hassan al-Askari (AS), the tenth and eleventh Shiite Imams.
In 2006 and 2007, bomb attacks by extremists caused damage to parts of the shrine complex.