Nigeria arrests 400 Shia Muslims after deadly clashes

Lester Mason
November 1, 2018

The army admits that three people were killed in clashes in Abuja on Monday, but the IMN says that dozens died.

IMN sources said the group will go ahead with plans for "Arbaeen Symbolic Trek" as of Sunday despite police refusal to allow them through the military checkpoint near Zuma motor park earlier in the day.

" The Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN) objected and rejected the baseless claims made by the police that followers of Sheikh Zakzaky were arrested with explosives and at the same time we are calling the public to please ignore the allegation", he said.

He was charged in April this year with murder over the 2015 violence after being held for more than two years.

The Force alleged that the group "attempted to overrun the escorts to cart away the ammunition and missiles the troops were escorting".

On Monday, the army opened fire on the marchers on the outskirts of Abuja.

The security forces also accuse the Shia protesters, who took to the streets of the capital for three days, of having 31 petrol bombs as well as other risky weapons.

"They fired weapons at own troops, throwing bottle cannisters with fuel, large stones, catapults with unsafe objects and other risky items at troops causing bodily harm and stopping motorist movement, breaking their windscreen and causing heavy traffic,"he added".

Myam, in a statement issued to Vanguard, said that the incident occurred at Zuba bridge in Abuja on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Chukwu further stated the troops repelled the attack in conjunction with the Nigerian Police to stop the situation from further deteriorating.

In a statement on Wednesday, Abdullahi Musa, spokesman of the group, said in addition to the 1,000 missing members, 46 were killed while 107 sustained injuries.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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