HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Despite constant terror attacks,
millions of Husseini mourners on Saturday descended on the holy city
of Karbala for the climax of Ashoura – Moharram 10 -commemorations on
Black flags, representing the deep grief, were seen all over the city,
110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Baghdad, along with huge pictures
of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) and Abo’l Fadhl Al-Abbas (AS).
General Ali Jassim Mohammed, Karbala police chief, said that around
25,000 policemen and soldiers had been deployed to secure the
commemoration ceremonies. Security forces have deployed 600 female
personnel on three roads into the city. Cameras are also monitoring
pilgrims' movements across Karbala.
Security perimeters have also been formed throughout the city, while
helicopters are providing extra surveillance and bomb-sniffing dogs
are being used at checkpoints.
According to traditions Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS), a grandson of the
Prophet Muhammad (s), was brutally decapitated and his body mutilated
by the armies of the caliph Yazid.
To signify their grief, the mourners slice their scalps during
processions to the Karbala shrines.