Breaking: Reuters Journalist Arrested as Police Shoot Shoolgirl During Abuja Shiite Protest

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SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 27 – Two journalists, including Folabi Sotunde of Reuters news agency, have reportedly been arrested in Abuja while covering a protest by Shiites in Abuja.

Media sources also say a secondary school student was shot on Wednesday when policemen who were dispersing protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria  (IMN ) opened fire at Wuse market in Abuja.

The girl was returning from Government Secondary School, Wuse, when she ran into the policemen dispersing the crowd.

A witness said a policeman identified as Geoffrey A. Rafah was the one who mistakenly shot the victim, according to TheCable, but the online media outfit could not independently verify this claim.

Anjuri Manzah, spokesman of the federal capital territory (FCT) police command, was not available for comments as of the time this report was filed.

In July, the federal government outlawed IMN following a clash between IMN members and security operatives.

Precious Owolabi, a journalist, and Usman Umar, a deputy commissioner of police, were among those killed during the protest which held in Abuja.

IMN members have been protesting over the detention of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, their leader, who has been in detention since 2015.

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