Shiite Islamic Group Vows To Contest Ban In Northern Kaduna State

Shiites, ShariaA Nigerian minority Shiite Muslim sect that has been declared an unlawful society by the government of Kaduna State vowed on Saturday to challenge the ban.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria came to prominence when its members clashed with the Nigerian Army in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, in December 2015.

A judicial inquiry in August concluded that the army killed 348 of the sect’s members, a figure that the army has disputed.

The Kaduna State government on Friday said anyone convicted of being a member of the sect could be imprisoned for seven years, fined or both. The size of the fine was not specified.

Diplomats and security analysts say the violence risked spawning a radical Shiite militant wing, just as the Boko Haram uprising began in 2009 after security forces killed hundreds of its members and its leader Mohammed Yusuf died in custody.

The Shiite sect’s leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, has been held in custody, without charge, by Nigeria’s security agency since his December arrest following the clashes. His supporters have called for his release.

The Kaduna state government said the group had “overtly continued with unlawful processions” and “obstruction of public highways” since the clashes.

“These acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna state,” it said, declaring the group unlawful with immediate effect.

A spokesman for the sect, Ibraheem Musa, said its members were not going to be intimidated into resorting to violence.

“Very soon, we shall challenge this ban through legal and peaceful means,” he said.

Blasts Kill At Least 17 In Baghdad

Baghdad, blastsThree blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi’ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said.

Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources said.

A roadside bomb exploded near a gathering of cattle herders and merchants in al-Radhwaniya, also in the same region, killing two people, they said.

Islamic State claimed the two suicide attacks, but did not mention the third assault.

The hardline Sunni Muslim group has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas this year as it loses territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

The group claimed a truck bombing in July that killed at least 324 people in the Karrada shopping area of Baghdad – the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Suicide Bombing: President Buhari Condoles With Saudi Authorities

Buhari, Saudi, Suicide BombingPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.

Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.

“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.

He asserted that the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

President Buhari urged┬ánations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.”

President Buhari stressed that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.”

“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe.” he said.

Suicide Bomb Hits Saudi Cities Of Medina, Qatif

Medina, Qatif, Saudi ArabiaA suicide bomb attack has been reported in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

The Prophet’s Mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

There has also been another explosion near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif.

A witness said one explosion had destroyed a car parked near the mosque in Qatif as the suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque without causing any other injuries.

This was followed by the second explosion just before 7 p.m. local time.

Qatif is known to be home to many of the kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority.

The incident happened just hours after a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom’s second city of Jeddah on Monday.

It was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.

Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services.