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Hundreds of terrorists from the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) this week reportedly attacked the National Assembly in the Sunni-dominated African country, triggering a violent confrontation with authorities that left at least two militants dead and some police officers injured, Western and local media reported.
Legit, a Nigerian news outlet, described the assault by the anti-West IMN as an attempt to overthrow the government.
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Reporting on the deadly incident, Nigeria’s Punch newspaper, revealed:
Our correspondent learned that the dreaded Shiite members overpowered the policemen at the gate, collected one of their guns and shot the two security operatives.
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They entered the main entrance popularly known as MOPOL gate and vandalised the gatehouse. They also burnt three vehicles and destroyed many others.
The sect members unleashed terror on other security operatives when tear-gas canisters were fired to disperse them.
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An IMN spokesman claimed the attackers were trying to enter the National Assembly peacefully to rally against the continued detention of their pro-Iran leader, Sheik Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, who has been under arrest since 2015, facing murder charges, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think-tank in Washington reports.
Zakzaky’s arrest has triggered several protests across the country by the Shiite minority. IMN claims to be peaceful, CFR points out, adding that the group’s leaders do not advocate violence. Nevertheless, the Shiite group has carried out violent attacks in recent years.
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The Africa Report notes:
If the Shia departed from their usual peaceful stance to shoot at law enforcement on Tuesday, then the dynamics of the conflict is changing. The government could seek to inflict more harm on the IMN and its leadership, possibly leading to an escalation.
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Both the security forces and the Shiite group claim they lost two of their members each, but the claims have not been independently verified CFR points. Nigerian police officers asserted that they used “minimum force.”
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