Ammar Hakim calls for release of Sheikh Zakzaky

Ammar Hakim calls for release of Sheikh Zakzaky

President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim called for the immediate release of detained Nigerian Shia leader Ibraheem Zakzaky.

President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim called for the immediate release of detained Nigerian Shia leader Ibraheem Zakzaky.

Releasing a statement, Hakim condemned the raid on Zakzaky’s house durig which tens of Shia Muslims were killed and Zakzaky himself was arrested.

Hakim also urged international bodies to react to the violation of international laws by Nigerian authorities.
At least 60 people were killed this past weekend when the Nigerian army raided the Islamic Movement headquarters and arrested its leader in the northern city of Zaria.

On Sunday, the army raided several buildings connected to the Islamic Movement and the home of Zakzaky. They arrested him and killed key members of the group, including Zakzaky's second-in-command and spokesman.

Aliy, Zakzaky’s son, was among dozens killed during a raid.

Three of Mr. Zakzaky’s sons had been killed in a similar attack by the Nigerian Army in July 2014.

The Islamic Movement insists its members did not attack the convoy of the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, as alleged by the Nigerian Army.



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