Shiite pilgrims are sprayed with water to cool them down in the 43 degree heat as they make their way to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
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Throngs of Shiites converged on a shrine in north Baghdad Saturday for annual commemoration rituals under heavy security after a string of deadly attacks in the Iraqi capital.Organisers say millions of pilgrims are expected to visit the shrine in the Kadhimiyah neighbourhood of north Baghdad between Saturday and Sunday, when the commemoration rituals are to climax, though the figure could not be independently verified.For days worshippers from across Baghdad, and the rest of the country, have been walking to Kadhimiyah, site of a shrine dedicated to Imam Musa Kadhim, the seventh of 12 revered imams in Shiite Islam, who died in 799 AD.
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