Millions flock to Baghdad shrine

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The Independent Online

Millions of Shia Muslims have flocked to a Baghdad shrine to commemorate the death of an eighth-century saint.

Security forces were deployed to protect the pilgrims who in previous years have been a target of Sunni insurgents hoping to inflame sectarian tensions.

Police used concrete blocks and razor wire to close roads near the gold-domed Imam Moussa al-Kadhim mosque, which has received more than three million visitors in the past few days, according to Iraqi state television.