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Again, Shiites Clash With Security Operatives In Abuja

Again, Shiites Clash With Security Operatives In Abuja

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) yesterday clashed with security operatives again in Abuja. The incident is the third in less than one week. The group said its members were holding a procession to mark the 2018 Arbaeen, a Muslim religious observance that occurs 40 days after the day of Ashura – another religious observance mostly celebrated by Shiites.

Protesters marched from the Aguiyi Ironsi Road in the Maitama area through Wuse II before they were stopped by the security operatives as they attempted to gain access into the central business district. The police dispersed the Shiite members using teargas, leading to the violence. The group is protesting the continued detention of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, by the Federal Government. According to a statement from the Army, at least three people died on the part of the Shiite group while four soldiers were injured during the incident.

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