Soldiers in Kaduna this evening surrounded a gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in the state. According to reports, the Muslim group had disobeyed the orders of the state government banning their activities in the state. They gathered at a mosque to commemorate historical events associated with the Islamic month of Muharram that is particularly significant in the Shia calendar when they were surrounded by the soldiers.
“Shortly before the Kaduna Markaz mosque on Zango Road was encircled by armoured military vehicles carrying heavily armed soldiers and also an ambulance were among a convoy of 18 military vehicles seen nearby’’.
The group last year December clashed with the Nigerian Army resulting in the death of some of its members. The group’s leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky is still in DSS custody.