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Violence Looms As Shi’ites Ground Kaduna, Protest Release Of Leader, El-Zakzaky

Following last Saturday’s violent clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite sect, which led to the death of scores of the sect’s members, there is palpable tension in parts of Kaduna as Shiite members have stormed major streets in protest.

Residents in Tudun Wada area of the state, said the protesters were demanding the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, their leader, who was detained by the Nigerian Army, after a heavy bombardment of his house, which lasted several hours midnight Saturday.

Riko said banks, offices and other business places have been closed, with people taking cover.

“The protesters are out in their numbers. From Tudun Wada to Ahmadu Bello Way and other parts of the city,” a resident, Abdullahi Riko tells Newsmen.

“Most people have remained indoors for fear of trouble. Some of them are armed and they have been chanting while marching.

“The military men are just miles away from them and we pray that they do not clash again.”

But Abdullahi Umaru, a corps member serving in the state, said the disturbances were only in some parts of the city.

“I am at Kao new extension and no problem here. Everyone is going about their duties peacefully,” he said.

Shiites leader soaked in blood

A picture of Zakzaky soaked in blood went viral on social media.

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