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Nigerian demonstrators in Abuja demand release of Sheikh Zakzaky

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the country’s prominent Shia group, held another rally yesterday, demanding the release of its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky in the Nigerian capital Abuja.  The protest however turned violent after the Nigerian police clashed with the demonstrators and arrested several members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention, despite a court order granting them bail, since his compound in Zaria, Kaduna State was raided by the Nigerian army in December 2015.  That raid led to over 300 bodies of Shia Muslims being buried in mass graves.  No one has been charged for this mass murder.

There are unconfirmed reports that two members of IMN were killed by the police during yesterday’s protests.

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