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Ashura in Nigeria: Martyrs As Army Attacks Imam Hussein Mourners
By Staff -Agencies
Blatantly, the Nigerian Army attacked mourners marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein [PBUH] on Ashura, martyring at least three people and injuring many others.
The mourners came under attack in cities and towns across four states, including Kaduna in Nigeria’s north, on Tuesday.
Reports said three people were martyred and many more wounded in the crackdown.
Nigerian forces also used tear gas to break up the processions.
Witnesses said the capital, Abuja, was put on lockdown, with blocks set up to prevent Ashura mourners from holding gatherings.
The Muslims were mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussein [PBUH], along with his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against thousands of soldiers of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I.
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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