February 12, 2005 |
Gunmen fired into a bakery complex bedecked with Shiite Muslim political posters here Friday while another group of militants car-bombed a Shiite mosque near Baqubah, killing more than 20 people in the two attacks. The deaths raised fears that Sunni Muslim insurgents are increasingly targeting the Shiite community, which is preparing for an important holiday.
August 30, 1985 |
Rival militiamen exchanged heavy gunfire today in the northern port city of Tripoli and on Beirut's front lines, killing at least three people and wounding nine others, police and radio reports said. To protest the violence engulfing Lebanon, Prime Minister Rashid Karami and other Sunni Muslims staged sit-ins at several mosques in West Beirut after noon prayers.
April 8, 2007 |
Gun battles between majority Sunnis and minority Shiites left at least 40 people dead and 43 wounded in remote northwestern Pakistan after men opened fire on Shiite Muslims, a Pakistani official said. Authorities had imposed a round-the-clock curfew to control the situation in Parachinar in North-West Frontier Province, bordering Afghanistan, the official said. The trouble began Friday when gunmen began shooting at Shiites near their mosque, a resident said.
July 7, 1985
Shia Muslims in Pakistan, demanding enforcement of their religious code of law, battled police in the southwestern city of Quetta in a clash that left at least five people dead, officials said. They added that two police officers were among those killed in the capital of Baluchistan province, near the borders with Afghanistan and Iran. The Shias, a minority in Pakistan, are demanding that the government enforce their code of Islamic law, which differs from that of the majority Sunni Muslims.
March 4, 2008 |
A Turkish high court ruled that religious education classes geared toward Sunni Muslims should not be compulsory, a major victory for a Shiite branch of Islam. The ruling affecting Turkey's Alevi community is also likely to please the European Union, which has made religious liberties a condition for Turkey's membership bid. The Alevis are followers of a tradition rooted in Shiite beliefs, and have long complained of discrimination and forced assimilation through mandatory courses on Sunni Islam in schools.
August 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.