October 3, 2016 / 12:05 PM / 2 years ago

Suicide bombers hit Shi'ite gatherings in Baghdad, at least 11 dead: police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suicide bombers attacked two Shi’ite Muslim processions in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said.

A boy stands at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the Amil district of southern Baghdad, Iraq October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts at the Shi’ite events commemorating the slaying of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hussein.

A bomber detonated his explosive vest in the middle of one Shi’ite procession in the Amil district of southern Baghdad, killing six and wounding 25, the sources said.

A similar attack hit a procession in the eastern Mashtal district, killing five and wounding 18, the sources added.

Reporting by Karem Raheem and Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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