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Overshadowed by two bomb attacks in Pakistan, Shiites all over the world commemorate the death of Hussein in the battle of Kerbala
Quelle:: DPA, EPA
Millions of Shiites and other Moslems all over the world are observing Ashura day today. Ashura is the climax of Muharram, the month of mourning.
Ashura day marks the battle of Kerbala in today's Iraq in 680 AD - or 61 AH according to the Muslim calendar - in which Muhammad's grandson Hussein and his small group of supporters were defeated by the much larger forces of the caliph of Baghdad.
Believers hold processions on this day, mourn and in some countries men flagellate themselves. In the Iranian city of Khorammabad, mourners perform the Kharrah Mali ritual during which they turn themselves in the mud.
This year's festivities were overshadowed by two suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan targeting Shia Muslims. 32 mourners were killed in the attacks.
The first attack, on Thursday, was directed against a mosque in Balochistan province and the second, yesterday, against an Ashura procession in the city of Jacobabad.
Update, 7.30 pm GMT: on Saturday morning, another bomb attack against an Ashura procession occurred, this time in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A 16-year old boy, Sajjad Hossein Sanju, was killed and dozens injured.
Organizers said that this was the first attack against the procession, in which also many Sunni Bangladeshis take part, in its 400-year old history.
The Islamic State assumed responsibility on social media, though the Bangladesh government refused to accept this and accused the country's opposition parties of being behind the attack.
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