Soldiers and policemen open fire on Shiites in Abuja, killing six people.


As members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), often known as Shi’ites, and security agents clashed in Gwarinpa Estate along the Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Tuesday, gunshots from security agents filled the air.

The tragedy is said to have killed six people and injured many more.

Members of the sect were claimed to have been shot by Joint Security officers as they were ready to complete their Arbaeen Symbolic Trek.

The incident, which occurred near Galadimawa’s Gwarinpa gate when gun-wielding security personnel arrived, threw the walk into disarray as people scurried for safety.

Two persons are also believed to have been shot within the estate at a new generation bank.

When reached by SaharaReporters, Abdullahi Musa, Secretary of the IMN Academic Forum, confirmed the occurrence.

“All they’re doing is shooting people. Six people have been killed as I speak with you. He added, “They even took some dead bodies away.”

On the fortieth day of the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was assassinated on the 10th of Muharram, members of the sect came out in a parade on Tuesday morning.
With their shouting songs, the demonstrators hoisted two flags, one red and the other black.