- Title: Shi'ite Muslims in Kabul mark holiest day after Taliban takes control
- Date: 19th August 2021
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) RESIDENT ADBUL QAHIR, SAYING: "The Ashura ceremony was good compared to last year. It was secure, we were not checked by people. There was freedom and we have completed our ceremony safely, which is better than other years, there was basic security."
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2021 13:32
- Keywords: Afghanistan Ashura Kabul Shi'ite Taliban holiest day residents
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA002EQY1OHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Shi'ite Muslims in the Afghan capital of Kabul said they were free to commemorate the holiest day of their religious calendar on Thursday (August 19), days after the Taliban, Sunni hardliners, took control.
Men gathered in crowds, hitting their backs and bleeding to mark Ashura on the 10th day of the month of Muharram and remember the martyrdom of Hussein, one of the grandsons of the Prophet Mohammad.
It comes as flag-waving protesters took to the streets of more Afghan cities on Thursday as popular opposition to the Taliban spread, and a witness said several people were killed when the militants fired on a crowd in Asadabad in the east.
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