The Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned the killing of Muslims in Nigeria, saying it is a “worrisome and unacceptable” move.
“The repetition of the brutal killing of Muslims in a peaceful religious gathering, which was devoid of any threat and violence, is cause of concern and unacceptable,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.
He urged the Nigerian officials to exercise more vigilance against any act of violence and strife and adopt serious measures to prevent the recurrence of such crimes.
Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured after the Nigerian armed forces opened fire on a group of followers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), the country’s largest Shia group, in the northern city of Kano on Monday, the movement said.
The casualties were caused after soldiers fired live rounds and tear gas at mourners during a peaceful march held ahead of the upcoming Arba’een mourning rituals, which mark 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Violence broke out when police tried to disperse thousands of people, including women and children, who were marching from Kano to Kaduna state for the mourning rituals. Nigerian forces claimed they opened fire on the crowd after one of their officers was hurt.