Nigerian troops have reportedly killed at least 5 persons from a Muslim Shiite group in Zaria, Kaduna State of Shiites under the leadership of Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky.
Sources told SaharaReporters that soldiers opened fire on members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria during an annual procession called ‘Quds Day’ in solidarity with Palestinians under Isreali attacks in Gaza. The clash happened at PZ area on Sabon Gari Road. A convoy of soldiers from the Zaria Army deport reportedly ran out patience after waiting for 35 minutes for the procession to end. As they meant to leave, someone in the crowd reportedly opened fire as the protesters blocked the road.
Today's event, a source in Zaria told Saharareporters, holds the last Friday of every Ramadan fasting season. However, this year's procession was dedicated to the Palestinian people in Gaza.
Although details are still sketchy, a security source said a full investigation is underway to determine the cause of the clash. Mr. Zakzakky is an implacable foe of Islamist sect Boko Haram, a reason why today's clash between the sect and Nigerian troops remains a mystery.
As at the time of publishing this report, it was said that tension is still high in the town. And both military and Shiites are yet to react official regarding cause of the killings.
The development is coming barely two days after General Muhammadu Buhari (rtf) and and an Islamic cleric, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi escaped bombing attacks by suspected terrorists.