RNA – A Saudi little boy, while on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Madinah with his Shi’ah mother, has been barbarously killed for unknown reasons, fueling speculations that he could have been a sectarian and hate crime victim, media reports say.
According to what circulated on social media, Zakariya Badir al-Jabir – said to be six or seven years old – was savagely murdered by a taxi driver in front of his mother late last month.
His mother’s recitation of salutations for the family of Prophet Muhammad outraged the taxi driver who, according to “witnesses,” broke the window of his car, before grabbing the “seven-year-old” boy by the back of his shirt and slitting his throat in front of his mother.
According to Press TV, the mother and the child had taken a taxi on their way to al-Masjid al-Nabawi Mosque in the middle of the day, when the driver “pulled over the car, got out, and forced the boy out of the car near a coffee shop in the al-Tilal neighborhood.”
“The taxi driver then broke a glass bottle to obtain a shard of glass, which he then used to cut the throat of the child and stab him,” the report said.
Onlookers are quoted as saying a policeman who happened to be stationed nearby had also attempted to stop the man from attacking the child but was unsuccessful in saving the boy. The policeman restrained the man until police backup was called.
But there is no concrete evidence of any of this; the boy was killed, but the motivation behind the attack remains unknown, and no details of the alleged killer have emerged.