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Soldiers withdraw after surrounding Shi’a gathering

12 October 2016, 16:41

Abuja - Nigerian soldiers and police have withdrawn from their positions at Zango Road, Kaduna, where they surrounded a gathering of Shi’a Muslims on Tuesday, days after the government outlawed the group, Premium Times reports.

Shi’a members who were trapped inside a compound have also dispersed, a witness said late Tuesday.

He said there were no clashes, and no one was arrested.

“Everywhere is calm now. The security people ensured there was no trouble,” a witness said.

Worshippers had gathered to commemorate historical events associated with the Islamic month of Muharram that are particularly significant in the Shia calendar, UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said earlier Tuesday in a statement according to Today.

“Shortly before the Kaduna Markaz mosque on Zango Road was encircled by armoured military vehicles carrying heavily armed soldiers and also an ambulance were among a convoy of 18 military vehicles seen nearby,” the group said.

It called on the Nigerian government to withdraw the soldiers and allow the worshippers to continue to exercise their constitutional right to freedom of assembly and worship.

- News 24

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