Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Unholy terror on a holy day

Afghanistan's Shiite community should be celebrating the holiest day on the calendar today. Instead they are in mourning. Voice of America reports twin bombings in Kabul have killed more than 50 people.
Women and children are among the dead. More than 100 were wounded by the blast, taking place on Ashura, the holiest day of the Shiite religious calendar. A second explosion targeted a shrine in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing four people.

This woman in Kabul holds the bloodstained shoe of her murdered son, in his early 20s, and cries out "I only had one son."

General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, the Kabul police chief, says one religious ceremony was about to finish, and a new group of worshippers was arriving. The suicide attack took place in the midst of the new group, he explains.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, still in Germany following Monday's international conference on Afghanistan, condemned the attacks.
Al Jazeera notes that no immediate claim of responsibility has been made. 


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