Protesters hold pictures of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric who was detained in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, July 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Saudi Shiites vowed Saturday to continue commemorations of Ashura, among the holiest occasions for their faith, even after a gunman killed five people at one of their gatherings, in an attack claimed byISIS.Friday's attack in the Qatif area of Eastern Province was the latest in a series of bombings and shootings linked to the Sunni extremist group in Saudi Arabia over the past year.Most previous attacks in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia have targeted the minority Shiite community which often complains of marginalisation.Witnesses said the Shiite place of worship known as a husseiniya and an adjacent mosque were both targeted in Friday's shooting.Security has been tightened at Shiite facilities since May when separate suicide mosque bombings killed 25 people.Both attacks were claimed by ISIS, which considers Shiites to be heretics.During Ashura last year, gunmen killed seven Shiite worshippers, including children, in the eastern town of Al-Dalwa.
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