Pakistan: Jihad bomb during Shia procession murders seven, wounds 17

It’s Muharram, the month sacred to Shias, which means that for many Sunnis, who consider them Rafidite dogs, heretics, apostates from the true faith, it is time to murder them. “Muharram in Pakistan: bomb during a Shiah procession,” from Asia News, November 24 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

The attack occurred in an area where Sunni extremist groups proliferate, linked to al Qaeda. For Sunni fundamentalists, the Shiite festival is a heresy. For the holy month of Muharram, other attacks are feared above all in Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta.

Peshawar (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A roadside bomb exploded while a Shiah procession was passing by. The attack occurred in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, in an area with large number of Sunni militants. The bomb was placed in a trash can and left seven dead and 17 injured. The police have placed many cities of Pakistan under surveillance, fearing further attacks during the month of Muharram, the month sacred to Shiahs, who in it memorialize the martyrdom of Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law, the foundation of their tradition.

Two days ago there was another attack in Rawalpindi.

President Asif Ali Zardari has condemned the attack.

The attack today took place in the north-west part of the country, where there are many groups of Sunni extremists linked to al Qaeda. For Sunnis, Shiahs are heretics and must be eliminated.

The Pakistani security services expect more attacks during the month of Muharram, which began on November 15 will last until December 13. These days around the 24th are the culmination of the festival (ashura).

The cities most at risk are Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta. In Karachi at least 5,000 policemen will be engaged in the controls for the next two days.

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  1. says

    The Festival of Ashura…Isn’t that a Shia ‘day on the green, where pious Shia meet for a picnic and sack hopping races in honor of Ali, who’s sack hopping exploits are legendary…He is second only to Mahound who hopped into several different sacks every night…Sack hopping is a favorite Islamic hobby, especially if you have four wives and a dozen or so slave girls…
    There are some pious who misunderstand what ashura is all about, so they mutilate themselves with sharp objects out of sheer sexual frustration…When Ali felt sexual tension, he didn’t mutilate himself, he jumped into a sack…What was good enough for Ali, should be good enough for Shia…Sunni are just trying to save these poor Shia from themselves the Islamic way, by killing them…It has worked every time it has been tried…

  2. says

    I noticed the reporter did not describe the Shi’ite festival of Ashura as the Islamic ritual of self inflicted blood letting that it is…The New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) posted several excellent photos of the bloody festival but for reasons unknown closed the comments section..and I had a few ready…knowing that they usually delete my comments…