News ID: 256372
Published: 0153 GMT July 26, 2019

IMN: 20 Sheikh Zakzaky supporters killed by Nigerian forces this week

IMN: 20 Sheikh Zakzaky supporters killed by Nigerian forces this week
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Nigerian security forces have killed at least 20 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) this week during protests calling for the release of senior cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the movement’s leader, IMN spokesmen said.

He made the remarks on Friday, adding these people were killed in the clashes that erupted between police forces and protesters in the capital, Abuja, this week, Press TV reported.

One spokesman said the death toll may be as high as 25.

IMN members regularly take to the streets of the Nigerian capital to call for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky, their leader, who has been in detention since 2015.

Nigerian forces have used live ammunition against the protesters.

Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-60s, lost his left eyesight in a 2015 raid by security forces that left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons dead. His wife also sustained serious wounds.

The cleric’s son, Mohammad, told Press TV on July 6 that his father was in dire need of medical treatment, as “large and dangerous quantities of lead and cadmium have been found in his blood.”

In 2016, Nigeria’s federal high court ordered Zakzaky’s unconditional release from jail following a trial, but the government has so far refused to set him free.

 

   
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