Nigerian Shiite group says 42 killed

Nigerian police officers fire teargas at supporters of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as they protest against the imprisonment of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, in Abuja, on October 30, 2018. - Nigerian police fired shots and tear gas at thousands of supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric in Abuja on October 30, 2018, just a day after three people were killed in similar clashes that sparked warnings to the government that a heavy-handed crackdown could radicalise the group. (Photo by SODIQ ADELAKUN / AFP)
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Nigerian Shiite group says 42 killed

A Nigerian Shi’ite group said on Wednesday 42 of its members were killed when security forces fired upon their protests in the capital Abuja over the previous two days.

The previous death toll as of Tuesday evening was 25 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), who had marched in their hundreds to demand the government release their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky.

On Monday, the army opened fire on the marchers on the outskirts of Abuja.

On Tuesday, the police shot at the protesters in the city center.

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