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Dozens feared dead as security operatives open fire on Shiites in Abuja



A clash between security operatives and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN known as Shi’ites, on Tuesday left many dead when the Islamic group staged the annual Arbaeen trek along 3rd Avenue, Gwarinpa, Abuja.

It was gathered that the armed men who came in security patrol vans stormed the area and opened fire on the Shiite members around 8am.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told newsmen that the suspected operatives killed about eight people including passersby.

“It was around 8:00 am we started hearing gunshots along the road. The shooting lasted about 10 minutes.

”But after the shooting, the gunmen appeared to have succeeded in thoroughly dispersing the Arbaeen trekkers.

“I can’t say how many people were killed but the corpses we have counted were eight. What I can tell you is that up to eight people were killed in the incident.

”Some of the passersby who had nothing to do with the Shi’ites may have also been involved,” the source said.

It took the intervention of men of the FCT police command to clear the road as the attack had led to the blockage of the Kubwa expressway, which left vehicles and commuters stranded.

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