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Iran's Interior ministry calls on Iranians to forego visits to Iraqi holy sites

Iran's Interior Ministry on Tuesday called on the Iranian people to temporarily avoid visits to the holy sites of Iraq due to inappropriate conditions in that country, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affair Ali Asghar Ahmadi expressed his condolences over the martyrdom of scores of worshipers and/or pilgrims in Tuesday's attacks and bombings in Karbala and Baghdad.

"The Hajj Organization will announce official convoys to the holy Iraqi cities in the future," he added.

On Tuesday, a series of blasts struck a mosque in the Shiite district of Kazemein in Baghdad and the holy Shiite city of Karbala as the communities were marking Ashura, the Shiite mourning period commemorating the martyrdom in 680 AD of Imam Hussein (AS), grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

In Karbala, at least 112 people were killed and 235 wounded. In Baghdad, at least 70 people were killed and 321 wounded in the explosions which targeted a mosque in the Shiite district of Kazemein, located northwest of the capital city.

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