Iraqi security forces have killed a suicide attacker in the "Taremiyeh" district of north Baghdad, before he had the chance to carry out his suicide mission among the massive crowds of Arbaeen mourners and pilgrims in Iraq.

Middle East: According to an Iran Press report, the headquarters of the Baghdad Operations Command announced in a statement on Monday, that Iraqi security  forces succeeded in identifying a terrorist, using intelligence and fieldwork, and killed him before he had the chance to strike.

The suicide bomber was equipped with a suicide belt and a suicide vest, and was planning to target Arbaeen pilgrims in the road from Baghdad to Samarra, according to the statement.

The operation headquarters in Baghdad adopted a series of security measures last week to ensure the safety and security of Arbaeen pilgrims.

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Arbaeen is the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), the third Imam of the Shiites of the world and his family members and companions, who were martyred in the desert of Karbala (in modern day Iraq) in the year 61 A.H.

According to the deputy governor of Iraq’s Karbala province, more than 15 million pilgrims have arrived to attend the mourning ceremonies of Arbaeen.

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