Police Kill 4 Shiite Muslim Protesters In Kaduna; Several Others Left Injured - Photos

Published On: December 16, 2015, 7:59 am
Author: Daniel Bosai
-- Online (m) at 16-12-2015 07:59AM

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At least four people were killed on Tuesday when riot police opened fire on Shiite Muslims demanding the release of their leader in Nigerian city of Kaduna, a sect spokesman and residents said.



Hundreds of supporters of the pro-Iranian Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) had been marching through the streets of Kaduna’s Unguwar Nupawa area, calling for the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been detained by the military since Sunday.
“Armed policemen ambushed the procession unprovoked and threw tear gas into the crowd before opening fire, killing four people and injuring 25,” IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa told AFP.
“Despite the unwarranted attack, the march forged ahead,” he said.
Residents said they were forced to flee their homes following the attack.
“The whole area was filled with gunshots and tear gas fired by the police on the Shia followers, who were carrying the portraits of Zakzaky and calling for his release,” said local resident Rukayya Rabiu.
“I saw people shot being taken away by the Shiites as I was fleeing the area but I can’t say if they were dead,” she said.
Another resident, Isa Babangida, ‎gave a similar account.
The protest was part of a series of demonstrations staged Tuesday in various parts of northern Nigeria calling for the release of Zakzaky, who was detained following a military crackdown on his followers in the city of Zaria.
The violence in Zaria was sparked when Shiite faithful on Saturday blocked the main road outside their prayer centre, where hundreds had gathered for a ceremony.
The military claimed Shiites attacked a convoy of the army chief, Yusuf Buratai, leaving soldiers no option but to retaliate. The IMN denied the accusation.
The military operation left scores of sect members dead and several injured, including Zakzaky who sustained four gunshot wounds, according to the sect.
Among those killed were Zakzaky’s deputy, his son, a sect spokesman and its head of security.
The crackdown left Zakzaky’s house and two of the sect’s religious centres in ruins.
The IMN seeks to establish an Islamic state through an Iranian-style revolution.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has telephoned his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari to protest the crackdown on Shiites and call for an investigation, according to media reports.
Amnesty International on Tuesday also backed an inquiry.
“An impartial investigation is urgently needed into these killings. Anyone responsible for unlawful killings should be brought to justice,” the rights group said.
Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission said it has set up a panel to investigate the clashes between the army and the Shiite Muslims with a view to preventing a recurrence.



-- Oworen25 (m) at 16-12-2015 08:21AM
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Why all this everywhere this buhari government will be tougher than Goodluck Jonathan own because of the way things are going, buhari should please provide solution for all this.
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-- emma4love3 (m) at 16-12-2015 08:25AM
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another group don start again oooooh.. .
naija which way......
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-- Novic (m) at 16-12-2015 09:07AM
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This is getting too serious in this country day by day. It was biafra issue 9ja was still dealing with nw its shittu group again. where this country is heading to nw. Killing everyday by day, can God have mercy for this country
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-- elchymo (m) at 16-12-2015 09:52AM
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Bokoharam, biafra, shiit abi na shiite. Na the problems Nigeria get now. And Buhari doesn't look like one who will solve this problem
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-- sandra78 (f) at 16-12-2015 12:31PM
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Kill all of them before they start killing innocent people......Thanks to the Military
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-- gogoman (m) at 16-12-2015 02:57PM
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mad country, make una continue your MADNESS
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-- osarobo62 (m) at 16-12-2015 03:38PM
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Quote from: Chimaobi on 16-12-2015 09:52AM
Bokoharam, biafra, shiit abi na shiite. Na the problems Nigeria get now. And Buhari doesn't look like one who will solve this problem
Buhari can't cure ignorance....this is the disease most of these people have.
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-- winace (f) at 16-12-2015 05:37PM
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So many things is happening dis days. Can d president try and address one at least than to be quiet as if everything is all right.
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-- crocatum (m) at 16-12-2015 07:47PM
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who started, it, with what intention, and who benefits from violence, does it look familiar with bokoharam, are these group thinking like boko, are they inspired by boko, do they have connections with Iran, or do they want to be pals with Isis or may be they are opposite, time will simply tell, but now we have to improve the value of the naira, by becomimng very thoughtful and haedworking nigerians, there are so many poor people that need help, the system has to change and be organized to provide and lead all
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-- beautysharp (f) at 16-12-2015 08:08PM
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Pro_biafran, pro_iranian interesting. More are to come still watching
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-- Novic (m) at 22-12-2015 09:20AM
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Quote from: ejiro james on 16-12-2015 07:47PM
who started, it, with what intention, and who benefits from violence, does it look familiar with bokoharam, are these group thinking like boko, are they inspired by boko, do they have connections with Iran, or do they want to be pals with Isis or may be they are opposite, time will simply tell, but now we have to improve the value of the naira, by becomimng very thoughtful and haedworking nigerians, there are so many poor people that need help, the system has to change and be organized to provide and lead all
That is the problem my brother, They are thinking like boko and its wil nt be easy for people to acspt there mentality.
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-- okatee (m) at 22-12-2015 09:33PM
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naija problem don dey too much oo. babaGod, abeg help us oo, save us from untimely death oo
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-- botlex (m) at 24-12-2015 04:18AM
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The new Islamic sect that's trying to displace Boko Haram. PMB should look into this issue
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