Shiite protesters face-off with police, soldiers in Abuja

 Shiite protesters face-off with police, soldiers in Abuja

Protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria are currently

Protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria are currently engaged in a face-off with Nigerian troops and policemen in the country’s capital city of Abuja, multiple witnesses said.

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.

Amnesty International has described the face-off as “disturbing”.

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

Ayomide Oyewole

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