Terrorist plot against Arbaeen pilgrims foiled in Iraq

A terrorist plot against the pilgrims going on foot to the holy city of Karbala has been reportedly defused.

A brigade of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has issued a statement on Friday saying its intelligence forces had obtained information about ISIS terrorists plotting to carry out an attack on the Arbaeen pilgrims in an area between two Iraqi provinces of Babil and Anbar.

PMUs promptly stepped in and destroyed three of the terrorist hideouts, seizing the equipment used for building hand-made bombs, the statement said.

Arbaeen is a mourning ritual observed by Shia Muslims marking the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad and the third Shia Imam.

Millions of Shia Muslims from across the world walk hundreds of kilometers to get the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him, in Karbala on Arbaeen Day.

This is the second time that Iraqi security forces announce terrorist plots against Arbaeen pilgrims have been discovered.

It was announced last Thursday that a terrorist attack on the pilgrims walking towards Karbala had been defused in northern parts of Wasit province.