Pandemonium in Zaria
…as Shiite, soldiers clash
•El-Zakzaky son’s, four others fear dead
There was pandemonium in the ancient Zaria City yesterday, as son of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria otherwise known as Shiite, was one of the five people that were reported to have been shot dead by soldiers when the group and soldiers clashed in Zaria yesterday.
According to an eyewitness, members of the Shiite group were on a procession to celebrate this year Quds Day and at the same time to condemn the military operation on Gaza by the Israeli forces in Zaria yesterday.
The witness further disclosed that the sect members while carrying out procession passed a military check point close to the popular PZ roundabout. In the process, there was a misunderstanding between the protesters and the soldiers and it resulted to soldiers firing warning shots but this was said not to have deterred the protesters who still carried on their protest.
The Nation’s investigation however revealed that, in the process, Mahmud El-Zakzaky, son of the Sheik who was among the leaders of the protest was hit by bullet attributed to the Army.
His junior brother, Ahmad El-Zakzaky was one of the dozens of the people arrested by the military.
When contacted the Military authority did not out rightly confirm the incident but a source close to the military said the army authority was aware of the incident and was studying the situation.
As at the time of filling in this report, there is confusion and commotion around the PZ area of Zaria and more soldiers have been drafted to the area.
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