- Title: Nigerian Shi'ite group buries members killed during protests
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: NASARAWA, NIGERIA (NOVEMBER 8, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA (IMN) YOUTH MEMBERS CARRYING CASKETS OF PEOPLE KILLED BY SECURITY FORCES IN LAST WEEK'S PROTEST IMN YOUTH MARCHING IN FORMATION, CASKETS BEING CARRIED TO PRAYER GROUND MEN LAYING CASKETS ON GROUND BODIES WRAPPED IN GREEN CLOTH, LYING IN CASKETS ON GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA MEMBER, AHMAD ABDULLAHI ZANGO, SAYING: "These were just among thoseâ€¦ the corpses that have just been released among our martyrs. Today you can see their numbers are seven, but we have very authentic reports that among them, five of them were shot, and then they were martyred instantly, but two of them, you can see one of them his name is Mustapha Mohammed and the other one is Saabi Hashim, two of them were taken alive by the security agents. They were tortured to death. They were not shot, there were not any signs and we have witnesses, eyewitnesses who saw when they were taken away by the security agents." VARIOUS OF IMAM STANDING AND PRAYING OVER CASKETS MOURNERS STANDING AROUND SEVEN CASKETS AND PRAYING VARIOUS OF FEMALE MOURNERS STANDING DURING PRAYER IMN MEMBERS SALUTING VARIOUS OF MAN MOURNING AS IMN MEMBERS SALUTE MEN CARRYING BODY OF ANOTHER IMN MEMBERS, ONE OF THREE MORE WHO WERE BURIED THAT DAY
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 17:25
- Keywords: Nigeria Funerals Protest Shi'ite minority Nigeria Nasarawa Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN
- Location: NASARAWA, NIGERIA
- City: NASARAWA, NIGERIA
- Country: Nigeria
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195NCEO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ten of Nigeria's minority Shi'ite Muslims were buried on Thursday (November 8) days after Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) group said more than 40 of its members had been killed by security forces shooting at protesters in the country's capital.
Bodies of IMN members, wrapped in green shrouds and placed in wooden caskets, were buried during the prayer ceremony in Nasarawa in northern Nigeria.
On three separate days last week, security forces opened fire with live ammunition on IMN members in the capital, Abuja, where they marched in their hundreds to demand the release of group's leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, held in detention since December 2015.
An IMN youth leader said on Wednesday (November 8) the death toll among the group's supporters now stood at 47. The army has said three protesters were killed.
Around half of Nigeria's 190 million people are Muslims, nearly all of them Sunnis. Zakzaky has attracted an estimated three million followers as a preacher of Shi'ite Islam since being drawn to that branch of the faith by the 1979 revolution in Iran.
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