In nearby Karbala, a car bomb detonated near a police station, killing three and wounding 20 others.
He was killed on the tenth of Muharram (Ashura) in the year 680 on the plain of Karbala, in what is now Iraq.
Once in Karbala the Mahdi forces will move into the desert between the city and forces in Anbar province to the north.
“The blood of our martyrs [is] the continuation of the blood of the martyrs of Karbala,” he proclaimed.
A garland of cakes of Karbala clay is tied round the neck of the corpse.
The members of the highest degree reside at Karbala, the sacred city.