Bloodbath in Abuja: Third day of Shiites protest, many feared killed(graphic photos)

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Today is the third day of the ongoing clash between security operatives and the Shiite members in Abuja. There is palpable tension in Abuja as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the Army clashed again in parts of the Federal Capital Territory.

Yesterday’s clash began with the convergence of the Shiites at the nation’s capital for the annual Arbaeen symbolic trek, which also served as cover for a protest march against the continued detention of their spiritual leader by the federal authorities.

Violent scenes marred the rituals, officially due to end today as some of the sect members were killed in the confrontation with the Army in the Maraba- Nyanya metropolis of Abuja.

When the crisis first unfolded on Saturday, troops from the Army Headquarters Garrison at Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, reportedly gunned down six followers of the sect. The Army, however, claimed responsibility for three deaths.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the umbrella body for Shiites has said the Nigerian Army shot and killed 16 of its members at a military checkpoint in Nyanya, Abuja on Monday.

Spokesperson of the group, Abdullahi Muhammadu Musa stated that according to the injuries on the victims’ bodies, they were shot dead at close range.

He added that the soldiers also took away an unspecified number of corpses with their truck, noting that many people sustained varying degrees of injuries.

He accused President Muhammadu Buhari of ordering officers of the Guards Brigade to kill their members, stating that the group would continue to demand for justice from the Nigerian government.

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