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Muslim march over shrine bombing
Protest against the destruction of holy Shia shrine
The marchers in London fear Iraq could slip into civil war
About 2,000 Muslims have taken part in a march in London to protest against Wednesday's bomb attack on a holy shrine in Iraq.

The bombing of the al-Askari shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad, has sparked sectarian violence in Iraq in which at least 165 have died this week.

The crowds, who marched from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, called for unity in Iraq and for terrorist acts to stop.

The event, which began at midday on Saturday, passed off peacefully.

'Heinous crime'

Organiser Mohammed Al-Hilli, 27, speaking before the march said: "We hope to achieve two things.

"Firstly, to completely show our disgust and to protest against such an evil and heinous crime.

"Secondly, we want to show Iraqis are united, whether Sunni, Shia or Kurd factions.

"That they will not be led or taken into fighting and not go down a road to civil war.

"The majority of slogans will reiterate our stance against civil war, terrorism and those who committed this crime."




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