A caravan of Iranian pilgrims of Imam Hussain (PBUH) intending to enter Iraq's soil illegally, hit a mine field at the zero border point of Sarkahr, one of the villages of Iran's Mehran township, leading to the death of three pilgrims, IRNA reported from Ilam.
The Iranian authorities have repeatedly warned those who intend to go to Iraq to wait till further notice, due to presence of numerous hazards currently existing in that country.
Mehran Governor Sadeq Lotfi told IRNA on Monday, "Three of the pilgrims of Imam Hussain got killed hitting mines in a mine field and 17 others were seriously wounded."
Lotfi added, "The wounded pilgrims were transferred to hospitals in Mehran and Ilam."
He said, "Two of the wounded are in very critical conditions."
One of the wounded pilgrims told IRNA, "The guides that had charged the pilgrims an amount of money, fearing to be caught by the border guards, left our caravan half way through, and that was the reason why we stepped in the mine field in Sarkhar region."
Akbar Mohammadi added, "The pilgrims who did not know the way, insisted on proceeding towards Karbala, and that was how we lost some of our friends in this illegal pilgrimage."
The victims of the deadly incidence, whose names were not revealed by the provincial authorities, were from Tehran, Qom, and the Central Province.
Tens of the Iranian pilgrims of Imam Hussain (PBUH) who intended to arrive Iraq illegally have died during the past few months, due to hitting mines, extreme thirst under the blazing desert sun, and fire opened by the US occupier forces.
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