Shiites, Sunnis Clash in Saudi Arabia

(AP) The Shiite news website Rasid reported that hundreds of Sunni hard-liners attacked minority Shiite Muslims commemorating the Ashoura day of mourning in the Saudi city of Medina on Thursday, with residents of the Asbaa neighborhood using poles and stones in their assault against Shiites in the nearby Qabaa district. In recent years, attacks by Sunni extremists have marred Ashoura commemorations in Iraq, Pakistan and other places of strife. Shiites are 10% of predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia, and the hard-line Wahhabi school of Islam, the state religion in Saudi Arabia, considers Shiites infidels.

2010-12-21 08:27:41

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