By: Hussein Al-Rumaithi
The month of February was a month of usual hardships and calamities for Shia Muslims in the Middle East, which took the lives of many innocent people only because of their belief. Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and other parts of the Muslims world witnessed some brutal attacks against Shia Muslims and as usual there was minimal coverage regarding these massacres.
Month of February was a horrific month for Pakistan, as the country witnessed several attacks in different places with car bombing and gun men storming mosques. The February 17th bombing in Lahore took the lives of several people and wounded many others. In addition, on February 13th, three suicide bombers entered a Shia mosque in the city of Peshawar and stormed the worshipers inside the mosque, killed and injured dozens of Shia Muslims, which was announced as the deadliest attack in February.
In addition, three other Shia Muslims were killed, when a terrorist attack targeted a Shia mosque in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Another attack on a Shia mosque in Southern Pakistan took the lives of many others and injured many more. The total number of victims for the month of February in Pakistan has been announced as 68 killed and 176 injured in 35 terrorist attacks across Pakistan.
Mohammad Ashraf, governor of Zabol province in Afghanistan announced that 30 Shia Muslims were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination. However, no group has claimed responsibility for this action, but it is believed these Shia Muslims have faced a deadly fate and the possibility of their return is very minimal.