UPDATE: Soldiers Kill Three Sons of Sheikh Zakzaky as Procession of Shiite Muslims Turns Bloody in Zaria
Information reaching Abusidiqu indicates that the three sons of the leader of Nigerian Shiite Muslims, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky were yesterday shot dead by a contingent of the Nigerian army during and after a procession of the group in Zaria.
Abusidiqu had earlier reported that the Nigerian troops opened fire on the procession, killing at least 5 people including one of the sons of the Shiite Muslim leader, MahmudSheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
We however gathered later that three of Zakzaky’s sons when killed in what was said to be a peaceful procession that attracted the fire of the military.
While Mahmud was shot dead during the procession, the two other sons, Ahmed and Hameed were shot dead while in custody of the soldiers who had earlier arrested them.
An Ambulance sent to the army barrack to bring the corpses of Shiekh Zakzaky’s three sons was reportedly detained by the soldiers.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity stated that the incident happened following the resistance of Shi’ite members to allow a military patrol van to pass through their procession.
Meanwhile, the group has said that the Nigerian troops killed 11 of their members and injured 40 others in a clash that erupted between them and the soldiers on Friday.
In a statement on Friday night, the group said among those gunned down were Mahmud, the son of the leader of the group, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, as well as a woman with a baby strapped to her back.
Ibrahim Musa, the editor of Al-Mizan, the weekly newspaper published by the group, said in a statement, “Reports reaching our news desk now indicated that some soldiers of the Nigerian army have opened fire on the tail end of the Quds procession held after Jumaat prayers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
“The procession, which took off from Sabon Gari Jumaat Mosque, reached Kofar Doka peacefully with no incident. However some soldiers attacked the procession [at the] PZ junction in Zaria.
“They shot Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky, but [his body] was taken away by the Muslim brothers. But several [other] Muslim brothers were shot by the security agents.
“As at the time of writing this report, there is no confirmation on the number of Muslim brothers shot or killed by the soldiers, but our [sources] say five people were killed. The Quds procession was held today peacefully in more than 10 Nigerian cities. Why the attack on the Zaria procession?
“[The] latest report on the attack by soldiers on Quds peaceful procession is that ten Muslim brothers were gunned down by the soldiers, among them Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky, son of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and a Muslim sister with her child on her back. There are over 40 Muslim brothers’ casualties with different degrees of gunshots by the soldiers. The story is still unfolding, with reinforcement of soldiers coming from Kaduna, according to our news sources.”
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