Interlude

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Shia-muslimer i Afghanistan pisker seg i anledning Ashura-festen, som avslutter den ti dager lange sørgeperioden til minne om Profetens barnebarn Hussein. Han ble drept av kalifen ved Kerbala i 680.

Ashura-festen var onsdag, og i shiaenes hjemland Irak var det andre som ville feire med andres blod. En kvinnelig selvmordsbomber gikk inn i en flokk bedende shiaer i Diyala-provinsen. Hvorfor Al Qaida gjør noe slikt er vanskelig å si. De sørgende ropte anti-Al Qaida slagord etterpå.

In Wednesday’s attack, the woman blew herself up about 50 yards from a mosque as Shiite men in black made preparations for a ceremony marking Ashoura, the holiest day in the Shiite religious calendar, according to residents and police.

The explosion took place about 8:30 a.m. near a market as vendors were opening their stalls. Khalaf Ibrahim, 35, said he was walking toward the market to open his cigarette stall when he heard the explosion.

«I rushed with other people to see what happened,» he said. «When I arrived, I saw pieces of flesh, two maimed legs, and blood stains on the ground.»

«The wounded were screaming for help, and I helped carry the wounded to the police cars waiting to take them to the hospital,» he continued. «Some people were shouting anti-al-Qaida slogans as they were carrying the wounded and the dead.»

Female suicide attack kills 9 Shiites

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