Several persons are feared dead after soldiers reportedly opened fire on members of the Islamic movement of Nigeria in their Husainiyya base in Zaria, Kaduna state.
A resident of the area, who claimed to have witnessed the incident said a truckload of soldiers came to the Husainiya area and surrounded it and “all of a sudden we heard gun shots and many people died”.
“The soldiers are still there and they have evacuated some of the corpses while others were taken by the sect members” the witness said.
The spokesperson of the Army, Sani Usman, could not be reached for comments at this time.
There has been a history of violence between members of the movement and the military.
A similar clash last year led to the death of many members, including the sons of the movement’s leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky.
“The soldiers are still there and they have evacuated some of the corpses while others were taken by the site members,” the witness said.