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Iran Slams Terror Attack on Shia Procession in Nigeria

Yemi Adebowale

Iran has strongly condemned the Friday terrorist attack on the procession of Shia followers marching from Kano to Zaria in northwest Nigeria, which left at least 21 people killed.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari condemned in the strongest terms the deadly and cowardly suicide attack on a Shia procession near Kano city in northwest Nigeria on Friday, causing deaths of at least 21 and many injuries among Shia civilians.

The followers were on a symbolic trek to Zaria, where the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky is based, to mark the 40th day of Ashura – the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.

“Extremism and terrorism are international threats. It is imperative for all countries to cooperate in a collective, unified fight against this major global scourge,” he said in a statement on Monday.

The Iranian diplomat further expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims and once again underlined the principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fight against terrorism.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing on the Shia Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano that killed at least 21 people.

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