BREAKING: Scores feared dead as suspected security operatives, Shiites members clash in Abuja

BREAKING: Scores feared dead as suspected security operatives, Shiites members clash in Abuja

On Tuesday, unidentified persons in military uniform opened fire on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, who were staging the annual Arbaeen march along 3rd Avenue in Abuja’s Gwarimpa sector.

Around 8:00 a.m., armed men in security patrol vans stormed the area and launched an attack on Shiite members, according to Metro Times.

Although specifics of the attack were still vague, one of the sources told newsmen that the accused operatives killed roughly eight individuals, including passers-by.

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“We started hearing gunshots along the road at 8:00 a.m. The shooting lasted roughly 15 minutes.

Scores feared dead as suspected security operatives, Shiites members clash in Abuja

”However, the shooters appeared to have dispersed the Arbaeen trekkers completely after the shooting.

“I can’t say how many individuals were slain, but there were eight bodies that we counted. What I can tell you is that the incident resulted in the deaths of up to eight persons.

“Some of the passersby who had nothing to do with the Shi’ites could have been engaged as well,” the source speculated.

The road had to be cleared thanks to the involvement of men from the FCT police command because the attack had blocked the Kubwa expressway, leaving vehicles and commuters stuck.

When approached about the event, Josephine Adeh, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, stated a comment on the attack will be made soon.

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