The day began for many Sunni Arabs in Iraq with early morning
services at their mosques to mark the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
For Iraqi Shi'ites, however, Eid will begin tomorrow.
violence had been reported by midday in Iraq, after some 40 people were
killed yesterday in several bomb attacks, including one outside a
The Muslim festival also started today in Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Russia.
In remarks today in Kabul, President Hamid Karzai said the suffering in Pakistan tempers the Eid celebrations:
congratulating all Afghan people on Eid yesterday,I heard that the
earthquake in Pakistan has killed more than 73,000 people and many have
lost their homes," Karzai said. "May God change their sadness into
happiness. And with the grace of this holy day, may God bless them with
a safe and better life in the coming winter."
In India, Eid
will be celebrated either tomorrow or on 5 November amid tightened
security following three bombings on 29 October in the capital, New
Delhi. Fifty-nine people were killed.
(Compiled from agency reports)
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