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Muslim Sect Blames Nigerian Government Over Killings In Northern City, Calls For International Community Intervention

By Muhammad Ibrahim

Kaduna (Nigeria) — Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, popularly known as Shi’ite, has blamed Federal Government for the killing of their members in Zaria as they called on International Communities and human rights groups to probe the killings.

A statement by President of Media Forum Of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. Ibrahim Musa, described the killings as unjusifiable.

The group also confirmed the killing of the sect leader’s son and wife in the operation that began on Saturday and ran throughout the night.

“Following alleged blockade of the route of the Chief of Army Staff by the members of the Movement, the Nigerian Army brutally descended on armless members of the Movement with heavy military weapons killing indiscriminately.

“In the mean time, leading members of the Islamic Movement and other members as well, have been killed by the soldiers including the leader of the Kano Center, Sheikh Muhammad Turi, Dr. Mustapha Sa’eed, Malam Ibrahim Usman and Sister Jummai Gilima.

“Also killed was Sayyid Aliy, the son of the leader of the Movement, Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky (H), the wife of the Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky (H), Malama Zeenat Ibraheem and tens of other members as more are being killed as at the time of this release.

“sporadic killings took place at three different locations that include the residence of the reverred leader of the Movement at Gyallesu, the Husainiyya Bakiyatullah at the GRA and the Darur Rahma located along Zaria-Jos road where many armless people were killed.

“with all pointers at the government as the contractor of the killings, we hereby call on well meaning Nigerians and the international community to intervene and seek redress for the victims and their family members as many innocent people have unjusifiably been killed and many others severely injured.

“In the mean time there is no idea as to the where about of the leader of the Movement, Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) nor his current condition, and agrieved members of the Movement across the country have taken to the streets in condemnatory protests,” the statement said.

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