Some angry youths in Tudun Wada community of Kaduna South Local Government Area as well as kastina and sokoto states was reported to have attacked and suspected members of the Shi’a sect, killed and properties destroyed including that of the group leader .
The incident that happened on Wednesday led to lost of lives and properties as vehicles were also burnt down. According to source the mob also demolished the Shiite’s Islamic school in the area. One of the Shiite member claimed that it was the police that gave the angry youths the go ahead to attack us and destroy our properties.
We shall address a press conference to give account of our encounter later,” he said. While the local BBC Hausa service reported that the people were killed when army and police intervened to block an annual Shia procession on the day of Ashura, which commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, who is believed to be the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
Witnesses told BBC Hausa that shots were fired and people counted at least eight bodies. Kastina and other states have banned Shia processions in the Sunni Muslim-majority north, where Shia Muslims are living.