New Video Shows Nigerian Soldiers Targeting Muslim Mourners at Point-Black Range (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A new video has emerged on social media showing Nigerian army troops shooting at Shiite Muslim Mourners during the peaceful Arbaeen procession in Abuja.
The video clearly shows that the group of peaceful mourners standing in front of the army position waving their religious flags when soldiers open fire at them and killing some of people.
Nigerian social media activists reported in late October that scores of people had been killed and injured after Nigerian security forces opened fire at Muslim worshipers gathering for procession in Zuba, in Gwagwalada area of the capital Abuja.
Those killed in the attack were members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a group that has been subject to a harsh government crackdown over the past three years.
Local media said the Muslim worshipers had gathered near Abuja from Suleja, in Niger state, for a three-day procession to commemorate the annual Arbaeen occasion, which marks the 40th day after the death anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson (PBUH), Imam Hussein.
IMN said in an statement that the military opened fire without any provocation from the side of the marchers.
Nigeria’s crackdown on IMN followers began in December 2015 when the army attacked a religious ceremony in the city of Zaria in the northern Nigeria.
Nigerian forces later raided the house of IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky and arrested him after killing his children and followers.