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Nigeria: Forces kill six Shia mourners, wound over 50 while commemorating sacred rituals of Ashura 

Media outlets reported the martyrdom of six Nigerian Shia Muslims during an attack by security forces on mourning ceremonies commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).

The media said: “Yesterday evening, Nigerian forces attacked a group of Shia mourners who were attending a peaceful annual march to commemorate Ashura in the city of Zaria in Kaduna state.”

 Media outlets added, “The attack was directed at the mourners, and led to the death of 6 people, and a large number of them seriously injured.”

 Eyewitnesses were quoted as saying: “The number of wounded reached 50, and they were transferred to health centers for treatment.”

  Eyewitnesses stated that “the procession actually ended safely, until the police moved and started firing tear gas and directed their fatal bullets at them.”

  Shia Muslims in Nigeria are subjected to continuous persecution by the ruling regime, the most tragic of which happened in the Zaria massacre in 2014, which claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 Shias.

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