Karbala is preparing for AshuraEvents, Saturday, June 23, 2012 21:21:49
Hundreds of thousands of necks gather in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura, AP reported. Muslims revere the memory of Imam Hussein, killed by the Umayyad caliph troops of Ibn Ziyad in 680
In Iraq, the authorities take unprecedented security measures because of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, this festival is marked by bloody attacks. Shiite pilgrims are flocking by the thousands by flagellate with metal whips, some with axes and swords, a sign of remorse, that the supporters of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed had fled the battle and let him be killed near Karbala. In March 2004, during Ashura, in two nearly simultaneous bombings at Shiite mosques in Karbala and Baghdad killed 143 and injured 465 people. To redotvratyat possible suicide attacks, Iraqi authorities have deployed over 20,000 soldiers and police in Karbala and around 26,000 in Najaf, where he is buried consideration of the Shiite Imam Ali, son of the prophet. Around Karbala are four hoop Security and more so around the old town, near the mausoleum of Hussein. In the three entrance road to Karbala placed special parts women police officers to search, and dogs and cars with explosives detectors. Recalled six years ago today's Islamist bombers attacked the base "India" of the contingent in Karbala that killed five Bulgarian soldiers and dozens were injured.
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