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Today is Shiites' Ashura day

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

Iranian man mourns during mud rubbing ritual to mark the Ashura day, Khorramabad, Iran, 24 October 2015
Iranian man mourns during mud rubbing ritual to mark the Ashura day, Khorramabad, Iran, 24 October 2015

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 procession in Manama, Bahrain, 22 October 2015
Ashura procession in Manama, Bahrain, 22 October 2015
EPA

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.

Preparing food for the needy, one day ahead of Ashura, Khorramabad, Iran, 23 October 2015
Preparing food for the needy, one day ahead of Ashura, Khorramabad, Iran, 23 October 2015

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.

Hezbollah members during an Ashura procession, Beirut, Lebanon, 24 October 2015
Hezbollah members during an Ashura procession, Beirut, Lebanon, 24 October 2015
EPA

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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