0340 GMT January 18, 2020
More than two million Iranian pilgrims have entered neighboring Iraq to mark the annual Arbaeen processions in the holy city of Karbala.
The event marks the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH).
The intelligence minister who had traveled to Khuzestan Province on Monday, added that 50 guns were also seized from terrorists.
Iranian authorities have predicted that more than three million mourners will take part in this year’s rally, topping numbers in previous years.
Thousands of non-Iranian pilgrims have also entered Iran, joining the trek to Karbala.
The foreign pilgrims come mostly from Iran’s neighboring countries, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey.