KARBALA (AFP) - A local Al-Qaeda leader -- named Saddam Hussain -- was sentenced to hang by a court in the Shiite holy city of Karbala in southern Iraq on Tuesday, an official said. "The criminal court of Karbala sentenced Saddam Hussain, the Al-Qaeda leader of (the village of) Khanafsa to death by hanging," said Mohammed Hamid al-Moussawi, chairman of Karbala's provincial council. "Saddam Hussain was convicted of attacks on pilgrims with car bombs and bombs," he said. He was arrested in mid-April in Khanafsa, 30 kilometres north of Karbala. Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims visit Karbala several times a year, notably for mourning ceremonies during the Shiite holy day of Ashura.