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Boko Haram bombs Shiite muslims marking religious festival

A large explosion on Monday rocked a major Shiite ceremony in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state, an area repeatedly attacked by Sunni Islamist group Boko Haram, multiple witnesses said.

The blast targeted a procession of worshippers in the Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum city, said witness Ibrahim Maina.

A police officer at the scene who requested anonymity said “it was a huge crowd and many of them were affected.” A car bomb targeting

Shi’ites worldwide yearly marked the 10th day of the Muslim new year as the festival of Ashura, an event that defines Shi’ism and its rift with Sunni Islam. The festival is used to commemorate the slaying of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hussein at the battle of Kerbala in 680. AD.

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