SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ MASKED GUNMEN KILL 5 AND INJURE 9 IN APPARENT SECTARIAN ATTACK ‘

#AceWorldNews – RIYADH – November 04 – Masked gunmen opened fire on a group of people in the east of Saudi Arabia, killing five and wounding nine others in an apparent sectarian attack directed at the kingdom’s Shiite minority, the state news agency and witnesses said Tuesday.

The official Saudi Press Agency said the attack happened late Monday evening in the village of al-Dalwah, which is located in the country’s al-Ahsa province. The area is one of the main centres for Saudi Arabia’s minority Shiite community.

The attackers shot the victims with pistols and machine-guns, according to the news agency. It provided no further details on the identities of the attackers or the victims, and said an investigation is under-way.

Witnesses said the attack happened inside a Shiite shrine as worshippers were marking Ashoura, which commemorates the 7th-century death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who is revered by Shiites.

Sunni militants in neighbouring Iraq frequently target Shiites, whom they consider heretics, during the holiday.

The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals.

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` Sunni-Shia Sectarian War has `Killed More than 2,400 People ‘ in a ` Series of Attacks ‘ and Blood-Letting ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – April 07 – Iraqi Security Forces have killed 19 militants, while three others were killed in violence across the country on Monday, as unrest spreads ahead of parliamentary elections on April 30.

Iraqi police and soldiers killed 19 militants in clashes south of Baghdad as well as in the conflict hit western cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

Authorities also found the corpses of two men in different areas of Baghdad and a policeman was gunned down north of the capital.

The polls on April 30 are the first since 2010 and come amid the worst sustained period of violence since 2008.

The blood-letting is driven by a brutal Sunni-Shia Sectarian war that has already killed more than 2,400 people this year.

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” Nearly Nine Years Ago Truck Bombing Killed Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Twenty Two Others – Finally Justice Maybe Done”

#AceWorldNews says nearly nine years after a truck bomb killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others, the trial is starting of four Hezbollah members suspected of organizing his assassination. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague is trying the suspects for plotting the assassination in their absence, AP reported. Lebanon’s influential Shiite militia Hezbollah has vowed never to arrest the suspects. The suicide assassination with a ton of explosives on February 14, 2005, fueled sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

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