Some aggrieved members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria clashed with the police in Kano, Premium Times is reporting. The report said the clash happened on Monday, November 14 in the northern city with many already feared dead.
Those reportedly killed so far include many of the Shiite members and a policeman.
The report quoted a witness as saying the incident began around Tamburawa, located at kilometer 20, Kano-Zaria road and on the outskirts of the state, just as the police tried to stop their march.
Daily Trust also reports that the Shiites were trekking for the annual Arbaeen symbolic trekking from Kano to Zaria Kaduna state Nigeria when the incident occurred. Another report quoted Ibrahim Musa, president of the media forum of IMN, as saying the attack has led to the death of one trekker while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
There is fear that more casualties would be recorded. The report added that the police has reinforced to the scene of the clash while the major Kano- Zaria road and adjoining areas have been blocked.
Soldiers have also reportedly mounted a check point at the outskirts of Potiskum, Yobe state, in order to frustrate any plan by members of the religious group to carry out similar trek to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Husain scheduled to commence from Kano this week.
The soldiers detained a trailer carrying the personal belongings of those going to Kano for the trek, the report said while Vanguard says the road-block has resulted in stranded commuters across the state.
The members of the Islamic organisation and the police have constantly clashed following protests by the former over the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. A Nigerian journalist had recently revealed that the health condition of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is still unknown.
Abdollah Idris, a deputy editor of Daily Trust newspaper in an interview with an Islamic news agency, Tasnim said there is no information on the health of the Shiite leader.