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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

52 Afghans killed in Ashura bomb blasts

Tue Dec 6, 2011 9:3AM

People remove the bodies of those killed in an explosion during a religious ceremony in the centre of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, December 6, 2011.
At least 52 Afghans have lost their lives in two separate explosions in Afghanistan's Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif as Shia Muslims were commemorating the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH), Press TV reports.

On Tuesday, a bomb went off in the centre of Kabul, where Shias had gathered to commemorate the day of Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, AFP reported.

At least 48 people, including children, were killed and more than 100 others wounded in the bloody attack.

Hashmatullah Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul police, said that the blast took place at the Abu Fazel shrine where worshippers had gathered for mourning rituals.

In a separate incident, four Afghans, including a soldier, were killed in a bomb blast near a mosque in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh Province on Tuesday.

Millions of Shia Muslims across the globe are holding mourning rituals to honor Imam Hossein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and a number of his loyal companions who were brutally killed while fighting for justice in Karbala, Iraq, over 1,300 years ago.

Press TV

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