Shiites shoot policeman during bloody National Assembly protest

The protest of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) at the National Assembly has turned bloody.

The spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been in detention since 2015, sparking protests that have sometimes been violent [BBC]
The spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been in detention since 2015, sparking protests that have sometimes been violent [BBC]

One police officer was shot by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, during a demonstration at the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

The Islamic sect has long protested against the detention of its spiritual leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who was arrested in 2015.

During the group’s demonstration on Tuesday, the horde of protesters disarmed a security operative before using the weapon on a policeman stationed at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

At the ongoing protest, the group managed to overwhelm the first gate of the complex and is marching on the second one just before the main building that houses the upper and lower legislative houses.

Security agents are reportedly shooting into the air to dissuade the determined group from advancing into the complex where lawmakers hold legislative sessions.

The policeman who was shot has been taken away unconscious from the scene for medical treatment, according to an eyewitness.

The protesters also damaged a police vehicle on the premises and damaged several other vehicles.

A Police vehicle was also damaged by the Shiite protesters

A Police vehicle was also damaged by the Shiite protesters

Several Shiite protesters are also reported to have been injured in the chaos.

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