3 feared killed as police clash with Shiites in Kaduna

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, has alleged that three of its members had been killed by the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force on Friday during their Ashura mourning procession in Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the police had clashed with the proscribed group during their procession at Hayin Malam Bello in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, in a statement on Sunday, alleged that three of their members were instantly killed by the police while many others were injured by gunshots.

According to him, the police also vandalised the vehicles of some of their members who attended the procession.

The statement read: “Yesterday, Saturday evening, at Hayin Bello neighborhood, a team of policemen attacked a gathering of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria holding the annual Ashura mourning commemorating the brutal assassination of Imam Husein, the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) and killed 3 persons instantly.

“Those killed are: Abubakar Talle, Ali Rigasa, and Hassan Umar Aliyu, with many people injured by gunshots. The police also vandalise the vehicles of those who attended the mourning session.

“A police vehicle caught fire when it fell into a gutter as they tried to hurriedly run away after the shooting spree. That resulted in the burning of a nearby house.

“This year’s Ashura mourning was started on Thursday 20/08/2020 coinciding with the beginning of new Islamic calendar 1442 in two other neighborhoods peacefully and is scheduled to culminate on the tenth of Muharram next week.”

However, the spokesperson of the state Police Command, Muhammad Jalige, is yet to react to the allegation up till the time of filing this report.

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