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19 Sep 2018 | 11:52 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Nationwide Ashura celebrations on September 20

Afghanistan News Alert

Ashura, the final day of the Muharram mourning period, to be celebrated nationwide on September 20; security strengthened around Shi’a places of worship

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/19/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Afghanistan


According to the Afghan authorities, Ashura, the final day of the ten-day Muharram mourning period, will be celebrated on Thursday, September 20. On the day, rallies and processions will be staged throughout the country. In the capital Kabul, worshipers are expected to head to the Murad Khane district after morning gatherings at main Shi'a mosques and shrines, where security measures will be increased.


In the past, Ashura celebrations in Kabul have been targeted by violent attacks, sometimes killing dozens of Shi'a worshippers. In 2018, in Kabul, there have been several attacks targeting Shi'a mosques.


Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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