Targeted Attacks to Shia Commemorating Ashura in Pakistan

A roadside bomb killed seven people, including three children, and injured at least 30 on November 24, 2012 in northwestern Pakistan.

The groups of more than 100 Shia were preparing to observe the holy day of Ashura when a roadside bomb went off and dispersed the crowd.

Every year many Shia lose their lives in the Asura commemoration. Anti- Shia groups attack and kill Shia who observe Ashura- the martyrdom of the Imam Hussain- by suicide or road bombs. However the threats and attacks do not prevent Shia from celebrating this day. According to one of the witnesses. Shia Muslims join the commemorating groups more than before to show their appositions to Anti- Shia groups.

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