In this Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. photo, an Afghan Shiite girl runs in front of the Karti Sakhi shrine during a commemoration of Ashoura in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Afghanistan's Shiite population is preparing to mark the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson with candlelight vigils and mass public flagellation, despite government warnings of possible attacks.In Afghanistan, Shiites make up an estimated 15 percent of the population of around 30 million and most of them are ethnic Hazaras. Militant Sunni fundamentalists like the Taliban and ISIS view Shiites as apostates and frequently attack Shiite mosques and public gatherings.In Kabul, the Afghan capital, Shiite neighborhoods have been decorated with banners and tents. Afghanistan's Shiites have taken their commemorations more public since the extremists were overthrown in the U.S. invasion of 2001 .
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