Shiite worshippers gather in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussein to mark Ashoura in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP/Karim Kadim)
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A gathering of millions of Shiites at shrines and mosques across Iraq for the Ashoura religious commemoration passed without any major attacks Tuesday, under tight security imposed for fear of ISIS bombers.No big attacks were reported in Iraq as Shiites across the Muslim world commemorated the slaying of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein at the battle of Karbala in AD 680 .Gunmen shot dead at least five people in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, state news agency SPA reported, in what local residents said was an attack on Shiite worshippers Monday night, testing already strained relations between Sunnis and Shiites across the Middle East.ISIS, seen as more ruthless than Al-Qaeda, says Shiites are infidels who deserve to be killed. The group, which seized large parts of northern Iraq this year, regularly claims responsibility for suicide bombings against Shiites, who are a minority in Islam but form the majority in Iraq.
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