Iraqi security arrest six terrorists over plots to spoil Arbaeen celebrations

Iraqi security forces close a bridge leading to the Green Zone during protests demanding services and jobs in central Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 14, 2018. AP

Kabala ( – Iraqi security forces arrested on Saturday six terrorists, who plotted to carry out terrorist attacks during Shiite celebrations of the religious ritual of Arbaeen.

The six terrorists, including a woman, were nabbed during a counter-terrorism operation in Samaraa and al Jallam cities, the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a press statement.

The arrestees, according to statement, “plotted to carry out a series of terrorist attacks to spoil Shiite celebrations of the Arbaeen religious festival.”

Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Hussein, the third Shia Imam, was killed in battle at Karbala in the 7th Century.

His martyrdom is considered a defining event in the schism between Sunnis and Shiite Muslims.

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