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Shi'ite community shaken by attack in Afghanistan

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> A day of mourning in Kabul on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire at a Shiite shrine the night before killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens. Families tending to their loved ones in hospitals or claiming their bodies at morgues. Authorities say the attack seems to be the work of a lone gunman dressed up as a policeman.
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>> But Reuters Josh Smith says there are more questions than answers.>> Police say they are investigating but they have still yet to determine who exactly was behind the attack. The Taliban denied any responsibility. Other groups such as the Islamic State have so far remain silent.>> The shrine was packed Tuesday night.
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Worshipers gathered to commemorate the holy day of Ashura when the gunfire ripped through the crowd. It's not the first time that the Shiite minority has found itself under attack. The community facing a rising threat by Sunni militants like the Taliban and Islamic State.>> Afghanistan has been largely spared the kind of sectarian violence that Iraq and Syria has seen in recent years.
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However, the Shiite minority here has faced discrimination and occasional violence, including an attack on a demonstration in July that killed more than 80 people. That demonstration was a demonstration against what Shiites see as discrimination by the government and a failure to address their needs. Every time one of these kinds of attacks happens, it certainly raises the specter of increased sectarian violence in Afghanistan.
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>> Ashura is an important time for Shiites, when they mourn the death of the prophet Muhammad's grandson, an event that led to the split between Islam's two main groups. As the government carries on its investigation, some Shiites are calling for the shrine to be quickly reopened, so the community can unite in worship.