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Dozens Feared Dead as Shiites Clash with Police in Kano

At least 21 people have been reportedly killed in a clash that occurred between members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the police in Kano on Monday morning, November 14. The casualty figure is said to have included 20 members of the group and a police sergeant whose identity is yet to be known.

However, the police commissioner in the state, Rabiu Yusuf, put the figure at nine including the police officer. But according to a report by Vanguard, a survivor, Ali Dan’Ali, said: “At least 20 members of our group that included able bodied men, women and children were martyrd by the police on our way Zaria.”

According to the police, the Muslim group attacked cars and other properties as they were trekking for the annual Arbaeen, a symbolic trekking from Kano to Zaria Kaduna state Nigeria when the incident occurred. A police source said members of the group killed a police officer and injured three others, but the group said this was not true.

The incident is coming about a month after a mob confronted the members of the group while they were holding a rally also in Kano, leaving many of them with machete wounds.

The Kaduna State Government has formally declared the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as an unlawful society. The government stated that the group was never a registered organisation in the state and members of the group have refused to conduct themselves with full adherence to the laws of the state.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria came to prominence when its members clashed with the Nigerian Army in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, in December 2015.

A judicial inquiry in August concluded that the army killed 348 of the sect’s members, a figure that the army has disputed.

The Shiite sect’s leader has been held in custody, without charge, by Nigeria’s security agency since his December arrest following the clashes. His supporters have called for his release.

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