At least 3 killed, 12 wounded after police attacked Ashura mourners in Nigeria’s Sokoto state: Report

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria says three people have been killed and a dozen injured in police crackdown on Shia mourners.

The incident happened when police attacked people marking the martyrdom anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hossein in the northwestern city of Sokoto. According to the movement, security forces fired tear gas and live rounds to disperse the crowd. The group slammed the police for its unprovoked attack on people exercising their right to freedom of religion. It also called for justice for the victims, denouncing the brutal attack as a clear exhibition of religious intolerance by the state. Security forces frequently attack Muslims’ religious processions in northern Nigeria, killing and injuring people.

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