Fatima Usman, a female member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, who sustained a gunshot injury when the Islamic group clashed with security agents in Kaduna, is dead.

SaharaReporters on April 28 reported how policemen opened fire on Shiites during their annual Quds Day rally in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, is a Palestinian solidarity day held every year by IMN members on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.


Eyewitnesses claimed the policemen used teargas and live ammunition to disperse members of the group.


Confirming Fatima’s death to SaharaReporters on Wednesday, a member of the group said she died after spending two months in the hospital.


“Sister Fatima Usman Samaru, one of us who the police injured this year in Zaria during Quds day protest is dead. She was certified dead after spending more than two months in recovery from the shooting she received from the security forces.


“She was admitted at Ahmadu Bello University teaching hospital in Shika Sabon Zaria. The burial will be held according to the Islamic religion on 28th of Ramadan this year, security officers injured 9 people with over 60 arrests during the Quds protest.”


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