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2 Feared Killed, Many Injured, As Shi’ites, Police Clash In Kaduna

Two members of the Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, were reported killed when they clashed with men of the Nigeria Police in Kaduna on Sunday.

Our correspondent gathered that gunshots were heard around the popular Ahmadu Bello Way yesterday afternoon, apparently as police made efforts to disperse the protesting IMN members.

The IMN group of the Shi’ites Islamic sect was out in protest to press home their demand for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who has been in detention since December 2015 following their bloody clash with soldiers in Zaria.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Government had since outlawed the group and prohibited all forms of protest in the state.

However, a leader of IMN told Daily Trust that two of their members were killed during yesterday’s clash, while several others were injured.

“As we speak, we are working on our press release. There was a clash and two of our members were killed by police. Several other members were also injured,” he said.

When contacted, Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, ASP Muhammad Jalige said he was yet to receive a signal on the incident.

According to him, “I called the DPO in charge of the area, he didn’t pick; maybe he was busy containing the situation. But as soon as I get details about the incident, I will call you.”

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