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Shia News Wire #79

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August 5th to August 12th

Iraq

40 Shia lost their lives in Baghdad this week due to IEDs, mortar fire, and gun violence.

Bahrain

Bahraini police have arrested four Shia clerics as the Manama regime presses ahead with its repression of prominent figures from the majority religious community in the Persian Gulf state.  Sheikh Issa Momen, the Friday prayers leader of Khayf Mosque in the village of Dair, east of the capital Manama, was taken into custody on Saturday, the Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror website reported.  According to the report, police forces also detained Sheikh Ali al-Hamli, Seyyed Mohsen Qarifi and Sheikh Fazil Zaki in eastern Manama for questioning.

On August 8, 12 people have been detained and charged with unlawful assembly over demonstrations near the home of a Shia cleric. They were arrested in Diraz in a sit-in in support of Sheikh Isa Qassim, who lost his citizenship in June.

Pakistan

76 people have been killed and over 50 others injured when a bomb exploded near Civil Hospital in Quetta on Monday.  The blast, followed by firing was heard after president of Balochistan Bar Association Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Quetta.

Madagascar

Madagascar has witness its first Shia killing.  19 year old was killed but no one has claimed responsibility.  Investigations are still underway.

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