At least one Shiite pilgrim was killed and 10 others wounded in a bombing south of Baghdad on Monday, officials said.
An Interior Ministry official said a roadside bomb struck pilgrims in Mahmoudiya south of the capital on Monday morning as the pilgrims were on foot heading to the southern city of Karbala.
Hundreds of thousands of Shiites are making their way to Karbala to commemorate the Arbaeen pilgrimage this weekend.
Arbaeen is the pilgrimage marking the end of a 40 day mourning period for the death of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, a seventh century imam and one of Shiaa Islam's holiest figures.
Since 2003, attacks blamed on Sunni extremists have often targeted the pilgrims - many of whom make a lengthy journey on foot to the Shiite holy city of Karbala.
Over recent days near daily attacks on pilgrims have left scores dead and wounded.FULL STORY