Prominent Iraqi cleric slammed Nigerian security attack on Arba’een mourners which led to killing and injuring several people during the ceremony near the capital Abuja.
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Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyyed Sadr-eddin Qapanchi, prayer leader of Najaf, in his Friday sermon denounced Nigerian government forces for attacking Arba’een mourners killing and injuring a number of people and counted Wahhabi ideology and Saudi financial support as factors behind the catastrophe, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Iraqi cleric expressed condolences over killing of at least 24 Shia mourners attending Arba’een procession on Monday.
According to local residents and witnesses, Nigerian police targeted members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) with live bullets and tear gas as they took part in the peaceful procession to commemorate Arba’een, the 40th day since the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), the third Shia Imam.
Nigeria’s crackdown on IMN followers began in December 2015, when the army attacked a religious ceremony in the city of Zaria in the northern Nigeria. Nigerian forces later raided the house of IMN leader Sheikh Zakzaky and arrested him after killing those attempting to protect the prominent Muslim cleric.