Shiite pilgrims march to Karbala for the Arbaeen ritual in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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A mass of Iranian pilgrims heading to Iraq for religious rites broke down fences and injured border guards in a stampede, the interior ministry said Monday, blaming Tehran.Iranian officials said measures were taken to control the flow of pilgrims at the border while the security forces said they foiled two suicide attacks in Baghdad against the Shiite pilgrims.The Zurbattiyah border point has seen heavy traffic as the pilgrims cross from Iran to take part in mourning rituals for Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who is buried in Iraq.Iran's official IRNA news agency said some roads leading to Iraq had been closed to pilgrims.Tens of thousands of security forces are mobilized for weeks across the country to enable the pilgrims to walk to Karbala.
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