Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims walk to the holy city of Karbala, ahead of the holy Shiite ritual of Arbaeen, in Najaf, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Millions of pilgrims gathered in Iraq's holy city of Karbala amid tight security Wednesday to mark Arbaeen, the annual commemoration of the end of the 40-day mourning period over the killing of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammad's grandson, in A.D. 680 .Iraqi state-run media said Wednesday that more than 22 million pilgrims have visited Karbala, setting a record for the annual pilgrimage.Iraqi authorities said last year's Arbaeen drew 17 million pilgrims.A suicide bomber targeted pilgrims in Baghdad Monday, killing nine people and wounding another 21, according to Iraqi security officials.
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