Nige­rian Shi­ite Mus­lims say troops killed 27

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Nige­ria’s Shi­ite Mus­lim move­ment said troops killed 27 of its mem­bers dur­ing a re­li­gious pro­ces­sion to the cap­i­tal Abuja. Ibrahim Musa, spokesman for the Is­lamic Move­ment of Nige­ria, said six peo­ple were killed on Satur­day and 21 on Mon­day. The mil­i­tary ad­mit­ted shoot­ing six but said the protesters fired on sol­diers. Mr Musa said the pro­ces­sion co­in­cided with a protest for the re­lease of their leader, Ibrahim Za­kzaky. He was jailed in De­cem­ber 2015 af­ter the mil­i­tary killed hun­dreds of Shi­ites in the city of Zaria. Nige­rian Mus­lims are mainly Sunnis and Shi­ites say they face per­se­cu­tion.

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