Gunfire in Zaria as Nigerian Army, Shiite Muslims clash

Nigerian soldiers have exchanged fire with members of a radical Islamic group in Zaria, Kaduna State, residents said.

Witnesses said troops clashed for more than an hour with thousands of Shiite Nuslims, leaving many injured.

Shootings started after the soldiers restricted the procession of the group, around the Sabon-gari area of the town.

According to our source, many were injured in the stampede that ensued.

“No live was lost,” the witness said.

Calm has since returned to the city.

Zaria is the second major city in Kaduna State, and near the state capital, Kaduna, where twin bomb blasts killed more than 40 people on Wednesday.

Zaria is regarded as the spiritual headquarters of the radical Islamic congregation in Nigeria. After the tafsir of Ramadan, the Shiite in Zaria usually hold the Muzahara – a procession round the city in their thousands, dressed in black.

Details later.


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  • Ibrahim

    There was no exchange of fire. It was simply a case of armed soldiers opening fire on unarmed and defenceless youth protesting the killings being carried out by Isreal in occupied Palestine. Ten were killed by the soldiers with over 40 Muslim brithers and sisters sustaining gun shots. Muslim Brothers otherwise known as Shiites dont carry arms when carrying out such protests.

    • Na me nau

      For the shooting to last for as much as 1 hour with just 5 people dead shows that there was an exchange of fire. For there to be an exchange of fire shows that the Shiite Muslims were also armed. For the Shiite Muslims to be armed during a so-called peaceful protest of the battle in Gaza in a situation when the state is tense and under curfew shows that they are out for trouble. And the trouble they got, they deserved.

  • How could you say an exchange of fire, the soldiers attack the Muslim shiite even after the procession is about to end. They came out protesting about the the killing going on in Gaza by Isreal and not carrying any weapon in fact even a knife, it was a peaceful protest. Stop spreading something you dont even know, the person who wrote this should go and see with his own eyes before writing any stupid thing. May you burn in hell if you are doing this for a purpose or working for the zionist.

  • Abbas

    This is unjustified report by Mohammed Lere you are concealing the truth from your readers. The members of the movement (Shiites) don’t carry arms, people testified that. You are just giving the crimes committed by the soldier a covers by fabricating false report. The soldier attacked the unarmed members of the movement, killed ten and injured many of them including women and children. They are well known in organizing peaceful procession every last Friday of Ramadan to take part in global procession in solidarity to oppressed Palestinian people known as International Quds Day.

  • Na me nau

    There was an exchange of fire. The shooting cannot be just one-sided for a whole hour with just five people dead. Use your head Malam