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12 dead as Shiite, police clash in Kano

ABOUT twelve people including a policeman have been reported dead in an early Monday morning clash between members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Kano State.

According to report, the clash started around Tamburawa, close to the state capital when the police interrupted the protesting members of IMN.

There has been heavy presence of riot police in the area and the Kano-Zaria road is reportedly blocked.

A statement by the spokesperson of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that “Soldiers mounted a check point at the outskirts of Potiskum, Yobe State, probably to stop members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from leaving the town to join others in this year’s annual Arbaeen Trek to Zaria, mourning the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS) scheduled to commence from Kano this week.

“The soldiers detained a trailer carrying the personal belongings of those going to Kano for the trek today.

“Apparently, the soldiers have some sinister motives as they were overheard scheming to plant weapons in the luggage and thereafter claim that these bags with the weapons belong to members of the IMN.

“Throughout the nearly four decades of the existence of the IMN, it has never stockpiled, carried or used weapons. It never had any cause to, even in the face of provocation.

“IMN therefore wishes to alert the general public over this evil plot, and categorically reject and disown any attempt by the security services to plant any fake evidence against members of the Islamic Movement (IMN).”

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, could not be reached to comment for this story. Multiple calls to his telephone did not connect.