Feel the love. Sunni/Shi’ite Jihad Update: “23 Shia pilgrims die in Karbala suicide attack,” from AFP, February 3 (thanks to Twostellas):
A suicide attacker ploughed a bomb-laden vehicle yesterday into Shia pilgrims in central Iraq, killing 23 of them, including women and children, the second deadly assault on devotees this week.
The bomber struck pilgrims walking on foot on the outskirts of the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, where Shias are massing to observe Arbaeen rituals. The attack also left 147 people wounded.
Arbaeen marks 40 days after the Ashura anniversary commemorating the slaying of one of Shia Islam’s most revered figures, Imam Hussein, by the armies of the Sunni caliph Yazid in 680 AD.
A senior health official in Karbala who gave the toll said at least one woman and three children were among the dead. The wounded are being treated at two hospitals in the city.
An interior ministry official, who confirmed the casualty toll, said the bomber detonated an explosives-laden bus.
The mayor of Karbala, however, said the bomber was driving a car….