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Wed 7 Dec 2011 12:03 PM

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Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul

Suicide attack kills dozens of Muslims gathered at a shrine to mark the festival of Ashura

Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
Afghans run from an explosion during a religious ceremony in Kabul city (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
At least 30 people were killed in an explosion at a Kabul shrine where Shia Muslims were marking the Day of Ashura (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
The blast came in the city centre where Shias had gathered to carry out religious rituals to mark the day, a public holiday in Afghanistan (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
Afghans, who have previously been spared the large-scale sectarian attacks, now face the grim prospect of a new type of bloodshed being added to the dangers of daily life (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
Afghan policemen inspect the site of a blast in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
Afghanistan has a history of tension and violence between the majority and minority (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
But since the fall of the Taliban the country had avoided the large scale sectarian attacks that have troubled neighbouring Pakistan (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan Shi'ites fear attacks after deadly blast in Kabul
The Shi'ite Muslim festival of Ashura marks the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) grandson Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in Iraq in the year 680 (AFP/Getty Images)