Nigeria Killings: Shia Community Stages Protest in Kashmir



Denouncing alleged military crackdown and ‘mass killings’ of Shia Muslims in Nigeria, scores of Shia Muslims Friday held protest for the fourth consecutive day in summer capital Srinagar.

The protesters carrying placards and banners raised slogans against the Nigerian government and appealed International human rights organizations and United Nations to take note of the massacre of the Muslims. They also demanded the release of prominent Nigerian Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim-al-Zakzaki who according to them has been lodged at an unknown destination by Nigerian Armed Forces.

Pertinently, hundreds of Shia Muslims are believed to have been killed during weekend violence in northern town of Zaria, Nigeria with military claiming Shia sect tried to attack top military general.

The Nigerian senate has set up an inquiry into the deaths of civilians while army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman had said there had been “loss of lives as a result of the Shia group members blocking roads and not allowing other passer-by to go about their lawful businesses and activities”.

Usman called the incident “unfortunate”, adding: “It is important to note that over the years this group (Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) led by Zakzaki) has subjected ordinary citizens using public roads to untold hardship, delays, threats and disruption simply because they insist on using public space irrespective of inconvenience and hardship on other law abiding citizens and motorists. This cannot be tolerated and must stop.”

The Army claims have, however, refuted by the Shia groups. (CNS)


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