Monday, March 21, 2005

Zeyad's Back With News Of al Sadr's Men Murdering Students

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE at 3:51 PM
According to Fay, that was not a Christian that was killed. This in no way lessens what a horrible deed was perpetrated by al-Sadr's men...

Zeyad from Healing Iraq (Hat Tip Fayrouz) is back from hiatus with a sad
post: Muqti al Sadr's men attacked a group of students having a picnic in Basr and killed two of them, one Christian:

Mahdi Army Beats 2 Students to Death in Basrah

No one seems to have reported the latest events in Basrah. Not any of the news services or the blogs.

Students of the Basrah and Shatt Al-Arab universities in Basrah city have been on strike for the last three days as a reaction to the attack last week by Sadrists and Mahdi Army militiamen on tens of students organising a field trip or a picnic at Al-Andalus park, downtown Basrah.

Hooded men assaulted the students with rubber cables and truncheons which resulted in the death of a Christian girl, Zahra Ashour, and another student who came to her rescue after militiamen had tore off her clothes and were beating her to death. He was shot in the head.

Students say that their belongings, such as mobile phones, cameras, stereo players and loudspeakers, were stolen or smashed to pieces by the militiamen. Girl students not wearing headscarves, most of them Christian, were severely beaten and at least 20 students were kidnapped and taken to Sadr's office in Al-Tuwaisa for 'interrogation' and were only released late at night.

Students also say the police and British soldiers were nearby but did not intervene.

A Sheikh As'ad Al-Basri, one of Sadr's aides in Basrah, stated that the 'believers' of the Mahdi Army did what they did in an act of 'divine intervention' in order to punish the students for their 'immoral and outrageous behaviour' during the 'holy month of Muharram, while the blood of Imam Hussein is yet to dry.' He added that he had sent the 'group of believers' to observe and photograph the students, and on witnessing them playing loud music, 'the kind they play in bars and discos', and openly talking to female students, the 'believers had to straighten things out'...


The British have been very lax in Basra regarding the safety of Christians, who have been threatened continously, and have suffered a great deal from radical Shiite types like al Sadr in post-War Iraq. Makes me wish the Kurdish Peshmerga were patrolling the city. They wouldn't put up with any of Muqti's crap and thank you Nobel Prize nominee (bleeeccchhhh) Sistani for rescuing al Sadr.



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