3 Killed as Army, Shiites Clash in Abuja

A confrontation between troops of the Nigerian Army and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has led to the death of three sect members, while two soldiers have been injured.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Commander of the Army headquarters Garrison, Major General James Myam, who said the clash occurred on Saturday afternoon at Zuba bridge in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to General Myam, troops from the garrison escorting missiles and ammunition from Abuja to the Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna state were attacked by some members of the IMN.

He explained that the sect members, who were supposedly in a procession, set up an illegal roadblock along the route, which the convoy of the troops attempted to clear when trouble broke out.

“Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items. They smashed both military and civilian vehicles’ windscreens and windows,” he said.

The IMN has been protesting the continued detention of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky after a confrontation with a convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai in 2016.

The Federal Government has refused to release him on bail despite numerous court orders demanding that he be set free.

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