Eight Arba’een mourners killed in Nigerian capital
Nigerian security forces have shot and killed eight Muslim mourners attending a peaceful gathering held to mark Arba’een, 40th day after martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), third Shia Imam and grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
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Nigerian police and security forces attacked a gathering of Arba’een mourners with live ammunition in order to disperse hundreds of Muslim mourners commemorating the 40th day after martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS).
The police attacked a gathering which was organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) led by prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The peaceful Arba’een rally was targeted by a team of police and soldiers firing tear gas and live bullets killing eight people.
Several people also sustained gunshot wounds following the violent attack though the exact number of casualties was not provided.
IMN has been leading the Arba’een procession since 2015 when the Nigerian military attacked and demolished the center of the movement in Kaduna and arrested the prominent Shia leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The 2015 violent attack led to death of 300 Shia Muslims including three sons of the leader Zakzaky.