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BOISE -- Shia Muslims around the world including here in Idaho are marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for a martyr killed centuries ago.

Thursday morning about 60 people who worship at the Imam Al-Mahdi Islamic Center on Cloverdale marched down Fairview Avenue to symbolize the pilgrimage to the shrine of Imam Hussain. He was the grandson of Mohammad and was killed more than 1,300 years ago in Kerbala, Iraq. Information from the Islamic Center says he was targeted because he refused to pledge allegiance to a tyrant.

Unlike many Shia Muslims in the Middle East, they were able to do this without fear of sectarian violence.

It's good, because we go to the church, learn about the Christians, so it's good for people to know others so there is love between all the nations, because we all are American here, said Assad Zangana from the Imam Al-Mahdi Islamic Center.

The Islamic Center received permission from Boise Police to march on the street, rather than the sidewalk.

A few people called to complain about traffic delays.

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