Attack on shrine signals new nexus of Afghan strife
December 7th, 2011
01:32 AM ET

Attack on shrine signals new nexus of Afghan strife

By Tim Lister, CNN

Editor's note: Tim Lister has covered international news for 25 years as a producer and reporter for the BBC and CNN. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, and has also worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2004, he produced the award-winning documentary "Between Hope and Fear: Journeys in the New Iraq" for CNN. He is now an independent writer and producer.

(CNN) – The deadly attack in Kabul on Shi'ite worshippers celebrating the feast of Ashura adds one more layer to the country's overlapping security crises. And they evoke violent sectarian rivalries in Iraq and Pakistan, where animosity between Sunni and Shia runs deep. Afghanistan has its own cultural rifts - between ethnic Pashtun and Tajik, for example - but it's rare to see such an explosion of religiously motivated violence.

Kate Clark, with the Afghan Analysts Network in Kabul, described the attack as "a real shock."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Afghanistan

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  1. hippypoet

    Ironicus, what you just said is the same issues with the christian sects...only christians have more in numbers of sects and so the hatred is greater! Not saying this act is ok, but i am saying that this type of act is not new, its as old as religion and anyone who thinks that religion is a healing thing is an idiot...take all those that claim such healing acts and create a pile then create a pile of all those dead by religion – lets see which pile is bigger! Religion is nothing but fear mongering at its simpliest and most complex!

    December 7, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Ironicus

      Yes, I know. Ironic isn't it?

      December 7, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  2. Cor

    Ashura don't like them Shia. 😀

    December 7, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  3. Ironicus

    How ironic. A religion of hate and violence with many sects that hate the other sects and do violence to them. Hundreds of years and still no peace between them all. And they argue about what others have done while doing the same things.
    Islam, thy name is hypocrisy and lies.

    December 7, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  4. Jimtanker

    Yes this is totally new. NOTHING like this has ever happened in Afghanistan. (sarcasm off)

    December 7, 2011 at 2:54 am |
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