A six-year-old boy was beheaded by a taxi driver as his mother tried to save him from the vicious attack in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
The Daily Mail reports Zakaria Al-Jaber was in a taxi with his mother when the unidentified driver stopped the vehicle and grabbed Al-Jaber. He took him to a local coffee shop and smashed a glass bottle then slit his throat while the boy’s mother and a police officer tried to save his life. Officials say that the driver allegedly suffers from mental health issues.
Activist group Shia Rights Watch stated that the Thursday attack was an act of sectarian violence after Al-Jaber’s mother said the man asked her if she was Shia moments before her son was killed.
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‘The Saudi Shia community came together today in mourning and to show solidarity with the parents.
‘The community also reported this incident is a result of ongoing violations and lack of protection by the Saudi authority toward its Shia population.’
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They also said the violent act should be addressed by the Saudi government.
‘Beheading of a young child in such manner must be addressed ASAP.’