October 25, 2014

Karzai calls on Shi’ite clerics to be cautious on Ashura day

By Sajad - Sun Nov 18 2012, 12:31 pm

Afghan president Hamid Karzai following his visit with the Shi’ite scholars and clerics insisted to take strict measures during the Ashura day in Afghanistan in a bid to
oragnize a stable ceremony in the country.

In the meantime a joint commission of the Afghan security forces and Shi’ite clerics was formed in order to control the security situation during the Ashura day.

he 2011 Afghanistan Ashura bombings were a pair of bombings in the Afghanistani capital of Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. The Kabul suicide bombing took place at around noon local time, on the day when Muslims commemorate Ashura, an annual holy day throughout the Muslim world.

The first attack took place at the gate of a Shi’a shrine in Kabul and was caused by a suicide bomber. The second incident took place in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where a bomb was affixed to a bicycle that exploded near a mosque shortly after the Kabul blast.

The suicide blast in Kabul resulted in the deaths of more than 70 civilians, which included women and children, while the Mazar-i-Sharif blast claimed at least 4 lives. The third was in the southern city of Kandahar, where five people received injuries. The total number of dead in all the attacks reached about 80, while over 160 more were injured.

The blasts coincided with the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura – the most important day in the Shia calendar and marked with a public holiday in Afghanistan.

Ashura is the climax of Muharram, the month of mourning for the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.

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