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






Many people were feared killed on Tuesday after unidentified men in military uniform opened fire at some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN known as Shi’ites who staged the annual Arbaeen trek along with 3rd Avenue, Gwarimpa district of Abuja.

Daily post gathered that the armed men who came in security patrol vans stormed the area and launched an attack on the Shiite members around 8:00 am.

Although details of the attack were still sketchy, one of the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told newsmen that the suspected operatives killed about eight people including passersby.

“It was around 8:00 am we started hearing gunshots along the road. The shooting lasted about 10 minutes.

”But after the shooting, the gunmen appeared to have succeeded in thoroughly dispersing the Arbaeen trekkers.

“I can’t say how many people were killed but the corpses we have counted were eight. What I can tell you is that up to eight people were killed in the incident.

” Some of the passersby who had nothing to do with the Shi’ites may have also been involved,” the source said.

Also, It took the intervention of men of the FCT police command for the road to be cleared as the attack led to the blockage of the Kubwa expressway, which left vehicles and commuters heading to work were stranded.

However, when contacted about the incident, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, said a statement on the attack will be released shortly.

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