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March 6, 2007: Sunni terrorists massacre Shiite pilgrims in Iraq

On this day in 2007 suicide bombers targeted Shiite pilgrims in the central Iraqi city of Hilla, killing 114 people and wounding 147 others.

HILLA, IRAQ – If so-called religious terrorists kill religious people on a religious quest are the terrorists really ‘religious’?

As you have come to expect in this series, I write a lot about religious terrorism. I do so because, well, because there is a lot of it to write about. Hell, I even wrote a WHOLE book about it!

What I have learned is that some people are able to present themselves as very devout, very religious people and still have no problem whatsoever with targeting others who are equally very devout and very religious with a view to killing them. Even if they practice a faith that is all but indistinguishable from that of the killers.

Which it does all too often…sigh… (Photo: Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Inc.)

Today’s featured attack is a good example – again! – of this phenomenon.

On this day in 2007  

Suicide bombers targeted Shiite pilgrims in the central Iraqi city of Hilla, killing 114 people and wounding 147 others. Many of the pilgrims were from Iraq‘s southern provinces, and were walking on a main road through the city’s downtown en route to Karbala for Arbayeen, a religious gathering for Shiites.

Attacking innocent pilgrims who are participating in a religious observance is unconscionable.

Joint statement by the US Ambassador to Iraq and the commander of the U.S.-led multinational forces.

The Sunni Muslims who carried out the atrocity really detest Shia Muslims, whom see as ‘false Muslims‘. False enough to kill them.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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