Men of the Nigerian police have been reported to have opened fire at a group of Shia Muslims holding a demonstration in Kano, in preparation for the upcoming Arba’een mourning rituals, which mark 40 days after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) were said to have been attacked when they were conducting the annual Arbaeen Symbolic Trekking from Kano to Zaria in Kaduna state.
Police blocked the road and fired teargas and live ammunition on the pilgrims. One has been reportedly killed, while some injured.
IMN has been banned in several northern states whose government accuse of being an ”unlawful society”.
The Shia have also been targets of violence from Islamic extremists. They have been under attacks which have led to loss of their lives and properties like mosques and schools.
They continue to demand the release of their detained leader El-Zakzaky who remains in custody without a charge.