Security operatives have opened fire on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), killing an unspecified number of members of the sect.
The incident took place on Monday at Nyanya checkpoint along Mararaba road.
The protesters, who were coming from Mararaba axis, were stopped by the armed policemen and soldiers drafted to mount a road block in the area.
The number of those killed could not be ascertained at the time of this report, but scores of dead bodies were seen littering the street.
It was gathered that security operatives opened fire on the protesters at close range, as they advanced towards Abuja. It was also gathered that security agents used live ammunition on the protesters.
This is the second time in two days that soldiers have opened fire on Shi’ites.
On Saturday, at least five followers of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky were killed in a clash with soldiers in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja.
The Shi’ites were in a procession from Suleja in Niger State to Abuja for the three-day mass march, tagged ‘Arbaeen Symbolic Trek’, scheduled to begin on Sunday.
It was gathered that when members of the sect approached a military checkpoint near Zuma motor park, the soldiers on duty refused to allow them to pass.
However, the directive did not go down well with the group and they insisted they would pass through the road.
Findings revealed that the Shi’ites later resorted to hurling stones at the soldiers, which led to pandemonium, as the soldiers were alleged to have opened fire on them, leading to the death of five people.
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