Another Shiites protest against return violent in Abuja

A protest by the Shiites on Monday led to the death of at least 13 people including a police officer, a journalist and 11 Shiites. The police also announced the arrest of over 50 of the protesters.

A fresh protest by Shiite members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) turned violent on Tuesday after they were dispersed by security operatives.

The IMN members are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been detained since December 2015.

Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife are accused of involvement in the killing of a soldier.

They were first detained for about a year without trial before their trial in Kaduna State began.

They were arrested after soldiers killed over 300 members of the IMN in a massacre on December 2015. The killing was condemned by local and international rights groups.

The soldiers accused the Shiites of blocking a public road being used by the army chief Tukur Buratai.

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