Journalist Shot, Many Injured as Police Clash With Shiite Protesters in Abuja

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 22 – Several people have been reported injured and a journalist sustained gunshot injuries as Policemen and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clash again in Abuja

The violence, which occurred close to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs followed reports that members of the IMN who belong to the Shiite sect were planning to burn down the ministry.

It was learnt that a vehicle was burnt down during the clash while several gunshots were fired during the clash which occurred between 12pm and 1.30pm.

It was observed that while the fracas lasted, operatives of the Department of State Services redirected commuters and motorists to the Muhammadu Ribadu Road to link main Asokoro outside the presidential villa.

The members of the IMN have been protesting against the continued detention of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzakky.

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