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Shiite Muslims observe a month of mourning in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Circa) — Thousands of Shiite Muslims are observing a month of mourning with public flagellations.

They are commemorating Shiite martyr Hussein Ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, who was killed in the 7th century in Iraq along with 72 friends and family members.

The event sparked Islam's Sunni-Shiite divide.

"We should remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussein and we are here due to his sacrifice. He (Imam Hussein) was the grandson of prophet Mohammad. We are marching today in remembrance of him and the oppression he suffered," said Ali Zaidi, a local resident.

Friday is Ashoura Day, the climax of the month of mourning.

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