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BREAKING NEWS: 9 reported dead as Shiites, Police clash in Kano

By News Express on 14/11/2016

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At least eight Nigerian Shia Muslims and one police officer have been killed in clashes with police at a religious procession in Kano city, police say.

Many marchers and five police officers were also injured, Police Commissioner Rabiu Yusuf said.

The group behind the procession, the Iran-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has a history of tension with the security forces.

Last December troops killed 349 of its members during a crackdown.

The cause of the latest violence, which took place on the outskirts of Kano, is disputed.

Police officials said Shia procession participants attacked police with weapons including machetes and bows and arrows and seized a police rifle, which was later recovered.

Witnesses say the police fired live ammunition and tear gas into a crowd of hundreds of Shia members in an attempt to stop the march.

The sect says many of its members were killed but this has not been independently verified.

The Islamic movement was marking this year's "Arbaeen" - an annual religious event during which its members trek for many miles from various towns to Zaria - their spiritual headquarters.

The IMN has abandoned the seven-day procession and told followers to return home, the organisation told the BBC.(BBC). 

Photo shows Police blocking the Kano-Zaria road.

Source News Express

Posted 14/11/2016 5:46:15 PM





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