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Iraq pilgrimage security tight after mortar attack kills 7

Iraq has stepped up security ahead of a major Shiite pilgrimage after a mortar attack on a religious procession killed 7 people and wounded dozens more.

BAGHDAD // Iraq has stepped up security ahead of a major Shiite pilgrimage after a mortar attack on a religious procession killed 7 people and wounded dozens more.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry and the Baghdad operations command, Dhia Al Wakil, said Monday that security forces have been put on alert and that new measures were taken to prevent more attacks on pilgrims.

Authorities say two mortar shells hit a procession the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kazimiyah on Sunday, killing seven people and wounding 38.

The attack came just days before tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are expected to converge from around the country to commemorate the death of Imam Moussa Al Kadhim, a revered Shiite figure. Pilgrims traditionally walk to the twin-domed shrine in Kazimiyah, where Al Kadhim is buried.