Iraqi security forces aborted on Monday two suicide attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims heading to the city of Karabla on foot from the capital Baghdad on Monday.
The spokesman for the Baghdad Operations Command Saad Maan told MENA correspondent in Baghdad that police killed a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt in Sidia area south of Baghdad with no losses reported and also killed another suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt in Al Shaab area north of Baghdad.
An explosive device exploded in Tarmiya area north of Baghdad killing two Iraqis and wounding five others.
It was the first attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad during the lead-up to the religious commemoration known as Arbaeen, when Shiite faithful converge on the holy city of Karbala.
The annual commemoration is often marked by violence despite tight security measures to protect the pilgrims, many of whom travel to Karbala on foot.