The Nigerian military recently clashed with Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State on December 12th, 2015 which ended up in a massacre. The military claimed that the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (ISM) were attempting to attack the convoy of the Nigerian Army Chief of Staff. The actual number of dead bodies continues to be in stark controversy, but footage acquired by SaharaReporters shows that there were at least more than eight bodies abandoned in the street .
According to the video, the dead bodies of Shiite Muslims massacred by the Nigerian military were abandoned in the Zaria streets in Kaduna State on Saturday for looters who came searching for what the dead bodies had on them. Listening to the video, you could hear someone urging another to search the bodies well in Hausa language.
Watch the video below:
According to reports, the shooting came about when the military boys cracked down on the sect for blocking the highways during the sect’s public procession in Kaduna State.
However, some reports afterwards states that a reliable number of dead has not yet been established at the time of this report, but the Nigerian military in a report from the Army Corps of Military Police have said that seven Shiite members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (ISM) were murdered and ten wounded.
The Nigerian Army took responsibility of the clash saying they were defending the life of the Army Chief of Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, from ISM members who were protesting in the streets of Zaria. Also, they stated that the ISM members were “heavily armed with dangerous weapons ranging from long swords, knives, daggers, sticks, and iron rods to catapults.”
The leadership of ISM however gave a conflicting response stating that their members were not involved in any attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff. Shiite spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels TV that the army had taken the leader of ISM, Ibrahim Zakyzaky into custody and that it was the attempted arrest of Mr. Zakyzaky which sparked the clash between Nigerian soldiers and Shiites.