12 mourners martyred after Nigerian forces open fire on Ashura procession

At least twelve mourners of Imam Hussain (A.S) martyred in Kaduna and dozens other injured after Nigerian forces opened fire on Ashura procession today in Bauchi State and Katsina Estate of Nigeria.

The police has started crackdown across the country against the Shia Muslims on day of Ashura.

Despite of threats, the Shia Muslims carried out Ashura mourning procession in Abuja, Gombe, Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina state.

Witnesses said the capital, Abuja, was put a lockdown, with blocks set up to prevent Ashura mourners from holding gatherings.

The police in Katsina state also opened fire at followers of the movement’s leader, Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaki, who gathered to commemorate Ashura in the Katsina center.

There were also reports of injuries in other states such as Gombe, Sokoto and Bauchi as a result of the targeting of the religious procession.

Citing its sources, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said last week that the Nigerian police were preparing to prevent and disrupt the processions.

The Nigerian government has banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and has incarcerated its leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky.

 

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