No fewer than seven people were reportedly killed and 40 injured on Monday, following a clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and security agents.
IMN stated that they were observing their peaceful procession across Nigerian and different parts of the world when the security agents attacked them.
The statement read: “Security forces have, today, Monday, gunned down at least seven followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H), and injured over 40 others during the Ashura mourning procession in Zaria which was observed peacefully across Nigeria and different parts of the world.”
A leader of the IMN, Aiyu Umar, who led the procession in Kaduna, also said: “Today, we came out to commemorate the day of Ashura.
“The importance of the day is a day of seeking justice as Imam Hussein did. We use this date to remind the people that this day is the day of justice and people should emulate Imam Hussein in seeking justice.”
According to PUNCH, the leader of the movement in Zaria, Abdulhamid Bello, alleged that a combined team of security operatives shot indiscriminately at the members.
Bello identified those killed to include Jafar Jushi, Kazeem Magume, Ali Samaru, Muhsin Zakzaky, Umar Fatika and another member who he could not identify.
He added that the total number of casualties was still unknown but many of them have been rushed to St Luke’s Hospital, Wusasa, while those in critical condition were taken to ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika l, also in Zaria.
In an interview, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalinge, said he was not aware of the incident and has not been informed.