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Shiite Protesters Clash With Police & Soldiers In Abuja Again



For the second time in days, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites have clashed with soldiers and policemen in Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory.

It was gathered that trouble started when soldiers at a military checkpoint prevented the Shiite procession from coming to Abuja, leading to a clash.

As of the time of filing this report, it is understood that protesting members of group are currently engaged in face -off with Nigerian troops and policemen in the country’s capital city of Abuja.

The group had earlier stormed the Kubwa Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Saturday, to demand the release of the group’s leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and to protest the alleged killing of Shiites by the Nigerian Army.

The Movement said on Twitter that its members were “on their #Arbaeen2018 procession from Mararraba axis” when the troops started shooting at them.

Arbaeen is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura, another religious observance mostly celebrated by Shiites.

IMN also posted pictures of its members allegedly shot by the troops. It said the attacks on its members who “peacefully trekking” were unprovoked.

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