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Shia News Wire #59

March 12th to 18th, 2016

Bahrain

Monday March 14, 2016 daughter of political activist named Zainab al-Khawaja, and her one year old baby were detained by the Bahraini government; her father is serving a life sentence since the 2011 Shia led protests. She has been prisoned for numerous reasons including allegedly ripping up pictures of the Bahraini King.

Also the government deported several Lebanese on the accusations of them being part of Hezbollah, a Shia militant group. According to reports, so far 7 Lebanese families were deported on grounds of this.

Bangladesh

Tuesday March 15, 2016 top Shia preacher, Abdur Razzak, aged 48, was hacked to death on his way home from his shop in Kaliganj town in Jhenaidah district. The attack was later claimed by ISIS. However, police say it wasn’t ISIS. He was declared dead later that night at Kaliganj Upazila Health Complex. According to his wife he had no enemy.

According to the head of the Shia School in the district, Abdur Razzak has been a member of the Shia community at least 20 years. Right before the murder, he received threatening calls from drug dealers who believed him to have helped arrest them months previously. Police believe the attack to have been done by an opposition political party as opposed to ISIS.

Iraq

On March 12th, two chemical attacks by ISIS left one girl killed and hundreds injured. The wounded are suffering from infected burns, suffocation and dehydration.

Security and hospital officials say the latest attack took place early Saturday in the small town of Taza, which was also struck by a barrage of rockets carrying chemicals three days earlier.

Yemen

Tuesday March 15, 2016 Saudi warplanes launched an attack of Shia majority market in northern Yemen killing and wounding dozens. The attack occurred at Mastaba, in Hajja province. According to sources, there are no military establishments in the area, meaning this was an attack against civilians.

 

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