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Police fire shots to disperse protesting Shi'ites in Abuja

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have clashed again with the police in Abuja over the detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

 Despite the proscription of their activities, the Shi'ite members took to the streets of Abuja carrying flags which literally read “Welcome you Hussein. Free Zakzaky”. Men of the Abuja police command shot in the air and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters who soon joined other Muslim worshippers returning from Friday Jummat prayer.

 In July, the Federal government obtained a court order to proscribe the activities of Shiites.

 The Shi'ites have continued to demand the release of their leader, ElZakzaky who has been in detention since Decmeber 2015 after members of the sect had a bloody clash with officers of the Nigerian Army iN Kaduna.

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