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Shiite Muslims gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul to mark the holy day of Ashoura. Crowds of men whipped their backs to commemorate the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. "He (Imam Hussein) sacrificed his life for all Muslims, not only for Shiites, it was for all Muslims, and today we honour the sacrifices that our beloved prophet's family made for us and we mourn this day," said Ghulam Sakhi, one of the Ashoura mourners. The Shiite mourners congregated in front of the Abul Fazl shrine, where last year an attacker detonated a suicide vest among the crowd of mourners, killing at least 80 people. It was the country's first major sectarian attack since the fall of the Taliban regime. Saturday's commemoration events were held amid tight security, with thousands of Afghan security forces lining the streets.
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