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February 24, 2008

Martyrs for Imam Husain.

Tragic news out of Iraq, as usual:

At least 25 people have been killed and dozens more injured by a suicide bomber targeting Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi town of Iskandiriya, south of Baghdad.

An official told the BBC that a bomber wearing a suicide vest had detonated his device in a crowd. At least 40 people were injured in the attack.

The town is on the way to the Shia city of Karbala, which is hosting a religious festival.

This was the second attack on the pilgrims on Sunday.

The first occurred in Baghdad, in the southern district of Doura.

Three were killed and 49 wounded when militants attacked passing pilgrims.

A roadside bomb was detonated with gunmen then opening fire.

The pilgrims were en route to Imam Husain, for the 40 days celebration (Chelum) on Tuesday, so this makes them shaheed.

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Shi'a Pundit was launched in 2002 during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The blog focuses on issues pertaining to Shi'a Islam in the west and in the Islamic world. The author is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. Bohras adhere to the Shi'a Fatimi tradition of Islam, headed by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS).

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