Babylon (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi court has sentenced a man to death over his involvement in killing 34 Iraqi, Iranian Shiites while heading for Karbala to celebrate a religious ceremony.
“The terrorist was sentenced by the Babylon Criminal Court to death after he was found implicated in killing 34 Iranian and Iraqi visitors while on their way to Kerbala, where they would commemorate Arabaeen, the 40th day of Imam Hussain’s Martyrdom,” Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, the spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, told Baghdad Today on Monday.
“The convict admitted that he facilitated the entry of a dump truck driven by a suicide bomber into a patrol station on a highway near Al Shomali town in Babylon to target Iraqi and Iranian visitors, leaving about 34 of them dead,” added the spokesman.
The exact number of detained militants is still unknown in Iraq, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.
Moreover, the Iraqi government did not provide estimates about number of the foreign detained militants or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.
Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.