On The Day of Ashura(Muharram) Sunni Muslims killed Shi’ite Muslims in Iraq

Karbala (Iraq) (AFP) – Attacks mostly against Shiites, including the suicide bombing of a religious procession, killed 44 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security for one of the holiest days of their faith.Sunni killing Shia on the day of Ashura

The bloodshed came as a flood of worshippers, including tens of thousands of foreign pilgrims, thronged the central shrine city of Karbala for the climax of Ashura, braving repeated attacks by Sunni militants that have marred the festival in previous years.

The suicide bomber, disguised in police uniform, struck in a Shiite-majority area of confessionally mixed Diyala province, north of Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding 80, security and medical officials said.

It was the third attack of the day targeting Shiites.2f802f3547250326430f6a7067002ca1

Earlier, coordinated blasts in Hafriyah south of the capital killed nine people, while twin bombings in the northern oil city of Kirkuk wounded five.

Violence near Baghdad and in Diyala’s provincial capital Baquba left three others dead.

Shiites from Iraq and around the world mark Ashura, which this year climaxed on Thursday, by setting up procession tents where pilgrims gather and food is distributed to passers-by.An estimated two million faithful gathered in Karbala, site of the mausoleum of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, whose death in the city at the hands of soldiers of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD lies at the heart of Islam’s sectarian divide.

Tradition holds that the venerated imam was decapitated and his body mutilated.2013-11-13T143018Z_1132470576_GM1E9BD1Q0U01_RTRMADP_3_IRAQTo commemorate the occasion, modern-day Shiite devotees flood Hussein’s mausoleum, demonstrating their ritual guilt and remorse for not defending him by beating their heads and chests.

In some cases they make incisions on their scalps with swords in ritual acts of self-flagellation.

Black-clad pilgrims packed the shrines of Hussein and his half-brother Abbas, listening over loudspeakers to the story of the battle in which Hussein was killed, as volunteers distributed food and water.

“I have been coming since I was young, every year, even during the time of the tyrant Saddam,” said Abu Ali, a 35-year-old pilgrim from the southern port city of Basra, referring to the rule of the now-executed Sunni Arab dictator who savagely repressed Iraq’s Shiite majority community.

Saddam Hussein barred the vast majority of Ashura commemorations, and the associated Arbaeen rituals, until his overthrow in the US-led invasion of 2003.

“I challenge anyone not to cry,” the worshipper said, describing his emotions on taking part in Ashura ceremonies.

The commemorations, which also included a ritual run to Hussein’s mausoleum and a reenactment of the attack that killed him, wrapped up in the early afternoon.

Provincial authorities expect two million pilgrims, including 200,000 from outside Iraq, will have visited Karbala in the 10 days leading up to Ashura, with all of the city’s hotels fully booked.Shiites make up about 15 percent of Muslims worldwide. They are a majority in Iraq, Iran and Bahrain, and there are large Shiite communities in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda, who regard Shiites as apostates, often target them more during Ashura and Arbaeen, including by attacking pilgrims.

Security measures have been boosted, with more than 35,000 soldiers and police deployed to Karbala and surrounding areas.

Concentric security perimeters barred vehicles from entering the city, while helicopters flew overhead.

The violence against Shiites is the latest in Iraq’s deadliest unrest since 2008.

It has prompted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, himself a Shiite, to appeal to the United States for help in the form of intelligence sharing and new weapons systems.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu offered Ankara’s assistance during a recent visit to Baghdad.

6 thoughts on “On The Day of Ashura(Muharram) Sunni Muslims killed Shi’ite Muslims in Iraq

  1. These are NOT the Sunnis but the bastards who commit such atrocities on poor pilgrims. Why isn’t there proper security provided in Karbala by the Shia government of Iraq??

    These devils are evil…pure monsters. What do they achieve in bombing innocent people?We are extremely saddened at the loss of innocent lives, to see that these bastards still loiter on the surface of this Earth as they should be long taken to Hades!

    We are extremely sorry!

    • Homicidal voilence in any form is condemnable. Similarly violence against Hindus in Pakistan and Bangaladesh is a serious matter.But I am yet to see a Muslim who is magnanimous enough to condemn atrocities against Hindus in Pakitan and Bangaladesh.

      • Dr.A.Anburaj, What about the homicidal violence committed on poor Muslims… atrocities committed on women, children…in Myanmar?

        “But I am yet to see a Hindu, Sikh who is magnanimous enough to condemn atrocities against Muslims in Myanmar”.

  2. the suicide bomber must be already be having his cock sucked by 1 of the 72 whores. 2 more of the 72 whores would have 1 each of his testicles in their mouth…2 more of the 72 whores must be licking and sucking and biting his nipples…1 of the 72 whores must be licking and biting his anal hole. that makes a total of about 6 to 7 whores….what about the remaining 65 whores…what do THEY do with this guy (suicide bomber) ?

    • Gang-bang him!

      How can a politician ever succeed mimicking his fellow opponent the way the old Cockerel was doodle-dooing Mama Sonia’s baby?

      This Modi dude has never given a chance to any other community to be elected in Gujarat…where Gujarati hindus hold 10 of the twelve seats!

      Mimicry from a politician portrays his self to degenerate mentality…. what an ape Modi..the Old Cockerel is.

      HIS INITIAL WAVE HAS DIED DOWN in India showing Indians cannot be fooled by this thug. Congress has made up with Sikhs in that the Prime Minister is a Sikh and been in office for 2 terms…has taken India ten steps forward…Sikhs chose Congress in twice…and the third time. How can the Indians trust a man with blood on his hands?… but Indians want more and more…never satisfied!

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