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Pandemonium in Abuja as Shiites, Police clash

Shiites walk along a street during a protest calling for the release of their leader Malam El-Zakzaky in Kano, Nigeria, December 21, 2015 REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE – RTX1ZNKV

Pandemonium has broken out in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as men of the Nigeria Police engage members of the the Shiite Islamic sect in a clash as they demand for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The police had earlier warned against unauthorised religious processions in the city.
During one of such processions last week, traffic was grounded in the capital city.
The Shiites have been protesting the detention of their leader by the Federal Government since December 2015.
El-Zakzaky is being held by the Department of State Services.
During Monday’s clash, several shots were reportedly fired, with one hitting an office building (picture attached).
As at press time, there has been no official reaction to the development.

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