Nov 03, 2018
(Warning: The news contain images that may be disturbing)
Nigerian media reported that its security forces had fired at a gathering of Shiite Muslims who were moving to Abuja, the capital of the country, and martyred the unknown number of them on Monday.
Shiites who were martyred in the attack were members of the “Islamic Movement of Nigeria,” which the Nigerian government has banned and repressed its members over the past three years.
The attack took place on Monday near the “Niania” checkpoint on the Mararaba Road, when a group of Shiites who were moving to the capital were stopped by government forces and from the close range were shot by war bullets.
One witness told Reuters that a number of victims of the shooting fell down on the street in the Kugbo district of Abuja. The situation of people who fell on the ground was unclear.
This was the second attack on Nigerian Shiite Muslims during the past two days.
On Sunday, October 28, the country’s security forces raided Shiite marchers in Abuja to confront Shiite sacred. According to Al-Arabi, two Shiites were killed and dozens injured in the attack.
According to a statement by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the security forces attacked the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) during which no warning was received by the Government of Nigeria to oppose it. “The Shiites of Nigeria are not afraid of suppressing the security forces, and these actions will not be able to turn them away from their beliefs,” the Islamic Human Rights Commission condemned the attack.
The leader of this movement, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, was arrested during the Aarbaeen ceremony in 2015. In the attack of this year, dozens and, according to some statistics, hundreds of mourners, including three children of Sheikh Zakzaky, were martyred.
Nigerian government media have claimed that police have been forced to open fire after disengagement from the rallies, but the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has denied the narrative and argued that shooting at mourners was carried out without any provocation.
Now, after about 3 years of this crime, this time around near the capital of Abuja, the Nigerian army once again stormed the martyrdom of the Shiites at the threshold of Arbaeen Hosseini.
The peaceful marching ceremony on the occasion of Arbaeen Hosseini is one of the ceremonies held annually in a number of Nigerian cities.