By Ben Ogbemudia
At least two persons have been killed during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and security operatives in Abuja.
The spokesman of the movement, Ibrahim Musa confirmed the incident to ThisNigeria on Tuesday.
According to Musa, heavily armed security forces attacked Arbaeen Walk Mourners in Abuja and two IMN members were killed during the clash.
”The Arbaeen trek was being rounded up after thousands of participants had trekked for 2-3 kilometres peacefully when a combined team of police and the Army attacked them with live bullets and teargas canisters.
“It is a global event commemorating 40 days after the brutal killing of Imam Hussein, the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad in the plains of Karbala, Iraq,” he said.
Musa also refuted the reports on some online publications that eight persons were killed during the clash.
Reacting to the clash, FCT police public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh said the Shiites movement came into Abuja with the intention to cause unrest.
“We got a security report before now that they mobilized people from about six states into FCT with the intention of making the city ungovernable.
“They engaged our men with dangerous weapons. They were throwing explosives and stones at our men. What we simply do is disperse them with tear gas. There was no casualty. I tell you that,” she said.