October 15th, 2013
02:21 AM ET

Blasts claim lives in Iraq, Afghanistan on Muslim holy day

For Muslims around the world, Eid al-Adha is a time of celebration, marked with visits from far-flung relatives, gift-giving and elaborate feasts.
But this year, the joyous occasion was marred with bomb blasts and deaths in violence-plagued Afghanistan and Iraq, and in civil war-wracked Syria.
In eastern Afghanistan, a bomb placed under a stage killed the governor of Logar province as he was delivering an Eid speech inside a mosque.
In addition to Gov. Mohammad Arsala Jamal, the blast killed 15 others, police said.
In Iraq, at least eight people were killed and 19 others wounded when a bomb exploded outside a mosque in central Kirkuk, Iraqi officials said.
The bomb went off as worshippers were leaving the mosque, police said.
And in Syria, where a bloody civil war continues to claim lives daily, three children were killed in an explosion that anti-government activists blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    "Silent night, holy night..."
    When it comes to celebrating holidays, I prefer Christianity to Islam.

    October 15, 2013 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. mohammad

    ohhh..How sad..You didnt seem to care to "blasting" millions of innocent lives in Iraq on any Holiday or any "good" day when you were searching for WMD.

    Now that Taliban are doing it, lets write about how sensetive you are about killings on Muslim holyday. I bet you wouldnt even care what day it was for muslims, you just wanna write your sensetive story.

    Holiday or not, these Afghani puppet governers are pedophilling, raping,selling heroine and stealing money, weather is Eid or just simple holiday.

    We will be victourious, even if your media does these tricks

    October 15, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Another false follower, following a false leader! BUT, you go right ahead killing your OWN people. At that you excel!

      October 15, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ ronvan, most times i agree with you, but not this time. There are good and bad ppl in every religion. And just because WE believe in one does not mean we are right nor should we judge!

    October 15, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      YES, chrissy, I agree totally. Sometimes I jsut do not want to go into long drooling details. LOL.

      October 20, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    We both know there's a higher power that will judge one day. 😉 Probably not too far off by the looks of things!

    October 15, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      YES. Makes me think about just how long it will go on?

      October 20, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    blocked

    October 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    I havn't been allowed comments since yesterday.

    October 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Rightly said@chrissy & good morning.

    October 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Are 1.5 billion muslims on this planet engaged in killing each other?
    We see this violence only in countries where foreigners have meddled militarily or otherwise.

    October 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    As for festivities if one travels around one finds their festivals more colorful and spirited compared to what are celebrated cloaked commercially here.

    October 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    As for a 'higher power' and Day of Judgement, these three Abrahmic religions Judaism.Christianity and Islam take their root from this belief. But it seems that the true message has been either shunned or forgotten.

    October 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    What is the purpose of these bombings? What do they hope to achieve?
    I am tired of it. I don't particularly care if the festivals are more colorful, if they are marred with the wonderful color of blood. We need to stay out of the ME completely. I am serious: completely.

    October 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    I agree @ banasy and @ saywhat! Our involvement only makes things worse it seems! Not to mention how much it cost in lives lost and financially for americans. And at the end of the day we are hated for it!

    October 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Exactly @ rupert! And why does this country have to inflict our beliefs on other countries? It would be different if they asked for our help.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    early blockade.

    October 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    The self inflicted wounds of these during their failed coup attempt if you will, trying to bring the govt of US of A to its knees will take a long time to heal. That is if the American public permits their healing.

    October 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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