Nigeria army raids Shi'ite sect; hospital says at least 60 killed

By REUTERS
December 15, 2015 02:14




ZARIA, Nigeria - At least 60 people were killed this weekend when the Nigerian army raided a minority Shi'ite sect and arrested its leader in the northern city of Zaria, the director of a local hospital said on Monday.

The army said the Islamic Movement in Nigeria was trying to assassinate the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, when members of the sect blocked his convoy in Zaria on Saturday. The sect was conducting an annual ritual to usher in the month of Maulud, the birth month of the Prophet Mohammed.


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