Nigeria soldiers attack Muslim gathering, at least 10 killed

October 30, 2018 - 14:13

At least 10 people have been killed in a fresh raid by Nigerian security forces on members of the country’s Shia Muslim community.

Report in local Nigerian media on Saturday said scores of people had also been injured after Nigerian security forces opened fire on Muslim worshipers gathering for a procession in Zuba, in Gwagwalada area of the capital Abuja.

Those killed in the attack were members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a group that has been subject to a harsh government crackdown over the past three years.

Local media said the Muslim worshipers had gathered near Abuja from Suleja, in Niger state, for a three-day procession to commemorate the annual Arba’een occasion, which marks the 40th day since the death anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.  

They said police was forced to open fire on the Muslim worshipers after they refused to turn back from a checkpoint in Zuma, north of Abuja.

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