8 Shi’ites, 1 policeman die in Kano clash

Monday’s clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Police in Kano left eight members of the sect and one police dead.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Monday.

Yusuf said four policemen and many members of the Shi’ites were injured during the clash which occurred along Kano-Zaria road in the city.

He said, “During the clash, we were able to arrest many members of the IMN and we are going to conduct an investigation into the incident.

“Members of the movement snatched an AK 47 riffle from our men, but we were able to recover it.”

The spokesperson of the sect in Kano, Malam Ali Kakaki, said members of the group were on a protest demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky when policemen began shooting.

He said, “As our members walked toward the Amana City close to Tamburawa Area, some policemen began to shoot in all directions.

“The casualties on our side involved women and children.”

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