BREAKING: Nigerian Army Exchange Gunfire With Shiite Muslims In Kaduna
Latest reports indicate that Nigerian soldiers and some members of a radical Islamic group exchanged gunfire in Zaria, Kaduna State, northern Nigeria Friday, 25 July, 2014.
According to residents in the area, the Nigerian soldiers battled for more than an hour with thousands of Shiite Muslims, leaving many injured.
Premium Times gathered from eyewitnesses that shootings started after the soldiers restricted the procession of the group, around the Sabon-gari area of the town.
It was informed that many people sustained different degrees of injuries in the stampede that ensued.
“No live was lost,” the witness told Premium Times reporter.
However, it was gathered from another source that calm has since returned to the city.
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.
Zaria is the second major city in Kaduna State, and near the state capital, Kaduna.
It would be recalled that a twin bomb blasts killed more than 40 people on Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 in the same area.
The Islamists militant sect, Boko Haram, is touted to have masterminded the bomb blast.
The insurgents group has claimed responsibility for several such attacks in northern Nigeria and other parts of the country.
Boko Haram is said to have killed more than 4,000 people since 2009
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