Three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have been killed in Abuja after the group clashed with troops of the Nigerian Army.

The Army gave the figure in a statement on Sunday.

It said its officials were attacked by members of the IMN before the three persons were killed.

According the Army, troops of Army Headquarters Garrison on official duty escorting ammunition and missiles from Abuja to Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State were attacked by some members of the IMN at Zuba bridge, Abuja. 

The spokesman for the Army Headquarters Garrison, James Myam, said the attack occurred at about 3.00 p.m. on Saturday, 27 October, 2018. 

In the statement posted on the Army's Facebook page, Myam said the sect members, who were supposedly in a procession, established an illegal road block denying motorists free passage.

Islamic Movement in Nigeria attacks army

"When the troops’ convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect.

"Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items. They smashed both military and civilian vehicles’ windscreens and windows," the statement read. 

The Nigerian Army also said that the sect members also attempted to overrun the escorts to cart away the ammunition and missiles the troops were escorting.

"This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves.

"Consequently, troops of 102 Guards Battalion in whose Area of Responsibility the incident occurred rushed to the convoy’s rescue.

"Unfortunately, during the encounter 3 members of the sect were killed while 2 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at a military medical facility," the Army said. 

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It further stated that normalcy had been restored in the general area.

"Members of the public especially those plying the Abuja - Zuba Road are requested to go about with their normal activities with the assurance from the Nigerian Army that no individual or persons would be allowed to disturb public peace and unprovoked attacks against military convoys," the statement added.

Islamic Movement in Nigeria attacks army

It is nearly three years that the Army and members of the IMN clashed in Kaduna, with over 300 members of the group reportedly killed. 

The December 12, 2015 clash resulted in the proscription of the group in Kaduna State, but they have continued to carry out protests in Abuja for the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in detention since the clash.  

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