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Police Disperse Shiites Abuja Procession With Gunshots, Teargas

Police operatives, on Friday, dispersed an Arbaeen procession of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN], otherwise known as Shiites, around Wuse Market in Abuja.

IMN members held a nationwide procession in commemoration of their annual Arbaeen procession.

Arbaeen is an annual Shiite religious practice usually conducted on 20th Safar of Islamic calendar to mark the 40th day of the murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad who was killed on 10th Muharram.

According to the followers of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky who were marking Arbaeen 2019, the procession was peaceful until they were attacked by Police and Nigerian Army operatives.

Reports filed in by the Shiites say that the policemen fired tear gas canisters and gunshots in the air forcing them and other passers-by to scamper for safety.

The procession kicked off at Sultan Abubakar Road and was abruptly stopped by security operatives around Wuse Market.

The Shiites had, few days ago, raised alarm about plans by security forces to attack and shoot their members during the Arbaeen 2019 procession.

See photos of their procession below:

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