Two Shiite faithful killed by police during Arbaeen trek in Kano.

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Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) – the Islamic Shi’ites, on Sunday, claimed that the police killed two of their colleagues during their Arbaeen annual trek in Kano.

This was contained in a statement by the President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, where the group claimed that two Shi’ites members were killed by the police who allegedly fired teargas and live bullets at them.

The Shi’ites had started the trek from Kofar Mazugal in the Kano metropolis around 10am and later stopped for the afternoon prayers at Kofar, Nasarawa at the popular Lado overhead bridge.

“It was when the police were dispersing our members that mobile policemen arrived the scene and started firing teargas and eventually live bullets,” the statement read.

“A Muslim brother and sister were confirmed shot and killed by the police and their remains were taken away by their attackers. Many people were reportedly injured.

“When news spread that mobile police had laid siege to the Arbaeen trekkers in the outskirts of Kano, a London-based human rights group, IHRC, issued a press statement, calling for restraint on the part of the police authorities.

“We are deeply concerned at reports of this build-up given the past attacks on the Islamic Movement by the police and armed forces. The IHRC demand the Nigeria police and authorities to de-escalate the situation immediately.”

The WillNigeria.

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