Nigeria Shiites Say Police Fired on Processions, Killed Five

By Ruth Olurounbi

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a Shiite group, said police opened fire on members on religious processions across the country, leaving at least five people dead and many other injured, an official said.

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Three people were killed when police shot at members marching in the northern state of Kaduna, Ibrahim Musa, a spokesman for the Shiite group, said by phone from the city of Kaduna, the state capital. Two people were also killed in Bauchi and Gombe states, he said.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration declared the Islamic Movement a terrorist group in July following months of sometimes bloody street protests as members demanded the release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, their detained leader. El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were detained in December 2015 after his followers clashed with soldiers in the motorcade of the country’s army chief, Tukur Buratai.


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