Over two million people visit al-Askariya Shrine in Samara in Iraq
More than two million pilgrims visited the Al-Askariya Shrine, sacred to Shia Muslims, during three days to commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Ali al-Hadi, the director of the shrine’s media said on Saturday, February 5.

More than 3,750 volunteers supported the days of pilgrimage, beginning on the First of Muslim month of Rajab (Thursday), along with over 70 organizations and more than 320 service processions, the media director, Muhammed Hussein al-Manawi, told Iraqi state media.
Manawi told Iraqi News Agency (INA) on Friday the shrine was working in cooperation with Samarra Operations Command to ensure security during the pilgrimage.
The 36th Brigade of Imam Hadi, the al-Abbas Combat Division and al-Salam Brigades Command worked to secure the roads and entrances to the city.
The al-Askariya Shrine, the tomb of the tenth and eleventh Shia Imams, came under attack from radical Islamists in 2006, destroying the shrine’s golden dome, and in 2007, destroying two minarets.
The shrine was restored and reopened in 2009.
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