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Nigeria: Violent clashes erupt between Shiite protesters and police02:03

Nigeria: Violent clashes erupt between Shiite protesters and police

Nigeria, Abuja
April 16, 2018 at 21:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Violent clashes erupted between protesters and police in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Monday, following a protest for the release of imprisoned Shi'a Muslim cleric Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.Police forcibly removed protesters from the scene and put them into custody. In the footage police officers are seen beating up a protester.Reportedly Shiite protesters hurled rocks and other objects at police, who responded with the use of water cannons, tear gas and live ammunition.According to local media, one Shiite member was killed at the protest and over 100 have been detained. Several casualties have been reported.The clashes erupted following a ban that was issued last Friday by the police regarding protests and rallies at the popular Unity Fountain. Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is the leader of Nigeria's Islamic Movement (IMN) and was detained by the Nigerian Army in December 2015. He has remained under state detention since then.

Nigeria: Violent clashes erupt between Shiite protesters and police02:03
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Violent clashes erupted between protesters and police in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Monday, following a protest for the release of imprisoned Shi'a Muslim cleric Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.Police forcibly removed protesters from the scene and put them into custody. In the footage police officers are seen beating up a protester.Reportedly Shiite protesters hurled rocks and other objects at police, who responded with the use of water cannons, tear gas and live ammunition.According to local media, one Shiite member was killed at the protest and over 100 have been detained. Several casualties have been reported.The clashes erupted following a ban that was issued last Friday by the police regarding protests and rallies at the popular Unity Fountain. Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is the leader of Nigeria's Islamic Movement (IMN) and was detained by the Nigerian Army in December 2015. He has remained under state detention since then.

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