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Four killed as police open fire on Shiite protesters in Nigeria

A series of demonstrations were staged win various parts of northern Nigeria, calling for the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, depicted here on a banner in Kano, who was detained following a military crackdown on his followersAt least four people were killed on Tuesday when riot police opened fire on Shiite Muslims demanding the release of their leader in Nigerian city of Kaduna, a sect spokesman and residents said. Hundreds of supporters of the pro-Iranian Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) had been marching through the streets of Kaduna’s Unguwar Nupawa area, calling for the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been detained by the military since Sunday. “Armed policemen ambushed the procession unprovoked and threw tear gas into the crowd before opening fire, killing four people and injuring 25,” IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa told AFP.

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