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Shiites continues protests in Abuja amid crackdown

Hundreds of Shiite protesters have again taken to the streets of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, defying a deadly crackdown in which three of their number were killed on Monday.

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There have been scenes of commotion as security forced fired tear gas at demonstrators as they attempt to contain the march.

The Shiite group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), are protesting against the ongoing detention of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky who has been in prison without trial for almost four years.

On Monday the army issued a statement confirming the deaths of three Shiite protesters and injury of four soldiers following clashes earlier that day.

Three other Shiite protesters were shot dead in the city by military officers in similar circumstances on Saturday.


Cover Photo: Hundreds of Shiite members continues to protest in the streets of Abuja, defying crackdown by Army: Photo: Chris Ewokor/BBC

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