Some yet-to-be-identified operatives have shot dead at least eight people on Tuesday after opening fire at some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (known as Shi'ites).
Vanguard reports that the IMN was attacked while staging their annual Arbaeen trek at Gwarinpa district of Abuja, near the tricycle park at 3rd avenue, Gwarinpa around 10:00 am.
Although there has been no official confirmation from the police, witnesses claimed that some passersby were amongst the dead.
“It was around 10:00 am we started hearing gunshots along the road. The shooting lasted about 10 minutes. But after the shooting, the gunmen appeared to have succeeded in thoroughly dispersing the Arbaeen trekkers.
“I can’t say how many people were killed but the corpses we have counted were eight. What I can tell you is that up to eight people were killed in the incident. Some of the passersby who had nothing to do with the Shi’ites may have also been involved,” a source who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
Confirming the attack, the Secretary of IMN’s Academic Forum, Abdullahi Musa, said that the Arbaeen trek which started on Monday and was expected to round off on Tuesday "was purely a spiritual exercise for us."
He added that they "were about to disperse" when "security operatives arrived the scene and opened fire on our members, injuring many and killing some people. As for the casualty figures, I need to verify the numbers and get back to you, please.”