Afghanistan shrine blasts leave 34 dead: Police

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  1. Yusuf

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    KABUL: At least 34 people were killed in twin shrine bombings in Kabul and the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Tuesday, according to police and a photographer.

    A massive blast at a shrine in central Kabul where Shiite Muslims had gathered to mark the holy day of Ashura left at least 30 people dead including children, an AFP photographer saw.

    A security official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that a suicide bomber had detonated explosives at the gate of the shrine.

    Shiites were banned from marking Ashura in public under the Taliban. This year, there are more Ashura monuments around the city than usual including black shrines and flags.

    Separately, four people were killed in Mazar-i-Sharif when another blast struck a shrine in the northern city.

    Afghanistan shrine blasts leave 34 dead: Police - The Times of India

     
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    R.I.P.......Hope the Afghans take revenge on the perperators for this.
     
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    Sad, I am sure after their failed attempts to incite various warlords against India, the isi and na-pak punjabi army is trying to create ethnic rift in AFG to create further instability in Afghanistan, so that their nutcrackers (talibans) can again gain influence with Sunni warlords who have gone over to ISAF and other coalition forces for various personal reasons.

    I am sure the dead were Hazaras as they are a soft target in many areas / regions.

    RIP dead soon punjabi pakis will pay with their lives.
     
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    This Shia Sunni thing will never die away in those regions. Really sad that these idiots dont let people mourn the grandson of the Prophet in peace.
     
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    How unfortunate.

    Today is Muharrum!
     
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    The Muslim God must be blood thirsty. He likes the blood of both infidels and his followers. How enlightened.
     
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    Why bring in any God when its the mortals who are blood thirsty?
     
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    I must admit I over dramatised my post (by "God" I'm alluding to the religion), but what I simply mean is that violence is openly encouraged in the Quran. While the violence is directed against infedels the same justification is often used against other sects within Islam that do not embrace the beliefs or interpretation of other sects, eg. Sunni against Shiahs and vice-versa.
     
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    No one has seen God.

    Therefore, none knows whether this entity exist or whether this entity is a He, She, or It.

    Therefore, one also does not know whether this entity is blood thirsty or cool.

    It is all a matter of Faith and belief.

    Therefore, let us leave God out of it!

    Thank you.
     
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    BTW, I'm not a big fan of God or any God. When I mention gthe word God it refers to a oarticular religion.
     
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    Not really, out of the 6000+ verses in the Quran, there are only five that explicitly call for killings with strict conditions. But that's if you are willing to check that out. Suicide bombs like the ones here are explicitly forbidden in the Quran and something even the conservative Salafi Mullahs in Saudi Arabia have ruled as saying to be haram.

    Atheists like the Soviets and the Maoists killed millions of people systematically and they didn't use God to justify it. That doesn't make it right or less disastrous. Similarly, the non-violent Arab spring protestors or Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (aka Frontier Gandhi) who was a Pashtun himself followed the path of non-violent resistance by basing their belief on his reading of the Quran and faith

    A murderer will try to excuse his murders by anything he can. And these type of killings are justified more with political ideology and revenge attacks than anything else.
     
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    The attack has something to do with the talks at Bonn.Nothing related to Shia-Sunni carnage
     
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    The interpretation of The Quran by wannabees has been the bane of Islam.

    The Prophet also told when it was necessary that many of his actions were the need of the time and not to be taken as an example to do the same by the followers after him. This whole thing about violence and Islam is because many soon began doing their will and forgot what the Prophet said. Invariably for power.
     
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    I dont think so particularly as it was targeted on Ashura.
     
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    The paki dog turds are using an existing schism to propagate violence here.Yusuf the word "Ashura" occurs in koran or something
     
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    No Ashura actually means 10, and 10th of Moharram in particular.

    Day of Ashura - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    The attack definetly not religious motivated although it intends to exploit religious schisms for vile purposes
     
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    Afghan Shi'ite shrine blast kills 54

    Afghan Shi'ite shrine blast kills 54

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    By Mirwais Harooni | KABUL | Tue Dec 6, 2011

    (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Kabul on Tuesday killing at least 54 people in unprecedented sectarian violence a day after Afghanistan's Western allies pledged long-term support once their troops leave.

    Doctors and police struggled to count the dead from one of the bloodiest attacks in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001. The Taliban denied responsibility.

    Bodies and blood were scattered across a street after the blast in the heart of old Kabul where a crowd of hundreds had gathered for the festival of Ashura. More than 100 were injured.

    It was a potent reminder of Afghanistan's troubles the day after its Western allies gathered at an international conference to pledge long-term support, even after their combat troops leave at the end of 2014.

    "This is the first time on such an important religious day in Afghanistan that terrorism of that horrible nature is taking place," Afghan President Hamid Karzai told journalists in Germany, where the conference on Afghanistan's future was held

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban condemned the violence as the brutal work of "enemies".

    "Now the number of dead has reached 54 and number of wounded 160, some of them in critical condition," said Sakhi Kargar, a spokesman for the ministry of health.

    Afghanistan has a history of tension and violence between Sunnis and the Shi'ite minority. But since the fall of the Taliban the country had been spared the large scale sectarian attacks that have troubled neighboring Pakistan.

    The noon bomb in a riverside shrine appears to set a grim new precedent.

    "Afghanistan has been at war for 30 years and terrible things have happened, but one of the things that Afghans have been spared generally has been what appears to be this kind of very targeted sectarian attack," said Kate Clark, from the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

    "We don't know who planted the bomb yet and it is dangerous to jump to conclusions but if it was Taliban, it marks something really serious, and dangerous, and very troubling."

    "THEY KILLED MY SON"

    Outside a hospital in central Kabul, mourners cried near a pile of bloodied clothes and shoes.

    A woman in a dark headscarf clutching a bloodstained sports shoe said her son, in his early 20s, had died in the attack. "They killed my son ... this is his shoe," she wailed.

    Shortly after the Kabul blast, a bicycle bomb exploded near the main mosque in northern Mazar-i-Sharif city, killing four and injuring 17 others. The city's streets were filled with people celebrating Ashura, but it was not immediately clear if that attack was targeting Shi'ite worshippers.

    A motorbike bomb in southern Kandahar city also injured three civilians, but it had not been placed near any mosques or shrines, and appeared unrelated to the Kabul attacks.

    The Shi'ite Muslim festival of Ashura marks the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein in the battle of Karbala in Iraq in the year 680.

    Ashura is the biggest event in the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, when large processions are vulnerable to militant attacks, including suicide bombings. Pakistan has deployed tens of thousands of paramilitary soldiers and police during Ashura.

    Blood has spilled between Pakistan's majority Sunni and minority Shi'ite militants for decades.

    Sectarian strife has intensified since Sunni militants deepened ties with al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban insurgents after Pakistan joined the U.S.-led campaign against militancy after the September 11 attacks.

    Afghan Shi'ite shrine blast kills 54 | Reuters
     
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    The saddest photo of today's attack on Shiite shrine :(

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