Nigerian security forces kill at least 10 Arbaeen mourners in Abuja
A fresh attack on Nigeria's Shia Muslim community has left at least 10 people dead and scores of others injured.
Iran Press/Africa news: Local Nigerian media reported on Saturday that Nigerian security forces opened fire on Muslim worshipers who convened for a religious procession in Zuba, in Gwagwalada area of the capital Abuja, marking Arbaeen, the 40th day after martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third infallible Imam of the Prophet Household (peace be upon them).
Those martyred in the attack were members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a group subjected to a harsh government crackdown over the past three years.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria said in a statement that the attack was definitely unprovoked, adding that “the movement vehemently condemns the action of the security agents, as unwarranted, since the march has been peaceful.”
An IMN spokesman noted that mourners were forced to hurl stones and rocks at troops to defend themselves after police and security forces resorted to extreme violence.
Abdullahi Musa said that security forces even moved several of the bodies of the victims to a nearby police station.