Army narrates what caused clash with Shiites in Abuja - Local

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Three people have been confirmed dead and two soldiers wounded in a clash between members of the Shiite sect and the personnel of the Nigerian Army.

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While doing so, General Myam said some members of the group attacked the troops who were escorting missiles and ammunition from Abuja to the Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State.

Nigerian security forces have opened fire on supporters of the country's Islamic Movement during an annual religious procession near the capital Abuja.

" When the troops' convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect".

"Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other unsafe items".

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"They smashed both military and civilian vehicles' windscreens and windows". They also pelted the troops with stones and other risky items.

This is coming a day after the military shot and killed members of the movement in Zuba, claiming that they were trying to cart away ammunition.

"This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves".

He noted that troops of 102 Guards Battalion in whose Area of Responsibility the incident occurred rushed to the convoy's rescue.

He said: "It is also unfortunate to inform you that members of this group (IMN) during a violent protest, today, 30th October, 2018 without any provocation went on rampage and burnt down a Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) patrol vehicle deployed at Ademola Adetokumbo Crescent".

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