26 July, 2014

Soldiers, Islamic Sect Clash in Zaria

Soldiers, Islamic Sect Clash in Zaria

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26 Jul 2014
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By John Shiklam 
       
Members of the of Islamic Movement of Nigeria otherwise known as Shiite, led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky, yesterday clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
About two people were said to have been shot by the soldiers during the incident which occurred at the PZ round about in Zaria.
A lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria who witnessed the incident but pleaded for anonymity, said the Islamic sect was having a procession to celebrate this year's "Quds"day when they clashed with the soldiers.
According to him, members of the Islamic sect whose procession caused serious traffic jam refused to give way to soldiers who were being conveyed in a military truck.
According to him, the soldiers who were probably coming back from a journey asked them to leave  the road to enable them pass, but the sect members allegedly refused to give way.
"These people blocked the main road along PZ causing serious traffic gridlock, there was a truck carrying soldiers and when the soldiers asked them to clear way for them to pass, they refused.
"They were circulating leaflets condemning Israel for killing Palestinians.
"The soldier fired gun shots in the air for them to give way but some of the youths among them blocked the truck and said they will rather be killed.
"The soldiers shot two of them on their legs and bundled them into the truck and drove off with them. That was how other motorists were able to drive past" he said.
The incident was said to have caused serious panic and pandemonium among residents of the city who ran helter skelter for their dear lives.
However, the leader of the sect, Sheikh Zakzaky could not be reached for his reaction. The situation was said to have been brought under control.
It could not be established whether anybody was killed at the time of this report.
All efforts to confirm the incident failed as several attempts to reach the Kaduna State police commissioner, Alhaji Umar Shehu and the spokesman of the police command Aminu Lawan on telephone were unsuccessful.
The police spokesman did not respond to the text message sent to him by our correspondent .
http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/soldiers-islamic-sect-clash-in-zaria/184569/

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