Millions pour to Iraq to mark Ashura despite deadly bombings

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Thursday, 14 November 2013


rock iraqMillions of pilgrims are observing Ashura in Karbala despite martyrdoms of several pilgrims in terrorist attacks that are being perpetrated to scare them away from main Ashura congregation and procession.
Nearly two dozen Shia pilgrims have been martyred and scores of others wounded in bomb blasts carried out in Iraq.

Two near-simultaneous bombings against a Shia procession tent south of Baghdad have left at least eight people martyred and dozens wounded, officials said. Officials also stated that bomb attacks in Diyala Province left 15 mourners martyred and over 65 others wounded. Wednesday was also a bloody day for the pilgrims.
The violence comes during the peak of Ashura commemoration rituals that mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), when militants typically step up attacks on Iraq's majority community.
The attacks struck in the town of Hafriyah, in Wasit province south of Baghdad, as worshippers were gathering inside a tent where Shiites were mourning to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS).
The third Imam was martyred by the armies of caliph Yazid in 680 AD.

Millions of Shias from Iraq and around the world mark Ashura, which this year climaxes on Thursday, by setting up procession tents where food is distributed to passers-by and where pilgrims can gather.
Millions of people make the pilgrimage, many on foot, to the Iraqi city of Karbala, which is home to a shrine to Imam Hussein (AS).

Shiite Muslims from around the world thronged an Iraqi shrine city on Thursday amid heavy security after attacks killed 17 worshippers during annual commemoration rituals often targeted by the Yazidi terrorists who claim the3m to be Sunnis.

The Ashura ceremonies came amid a months-long surge in violence nationwide that has forced Baghdad to appeal for help from foreigners in combating militancy.
A car bomb also targeted a man distributing food in the northern city of Kirkuk, leaving eight wounded on Wednesday.

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