A protest of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as the Shiites turned violent on Wednesday, June 20.

The protest was against the continued incarceration of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

The Shiites group came out in their thousands in protest and took over the famous Ahmadu Bello way within Kaduna metropolis carrying placards demanding the release of their leader.

When the police attempted to disperse the protesters, it only turned violent, with gun shots allegedly being fired on both sides.

An eye witness, who spoke to Bounce Newsconfirmed that the protesters also shot at the Police officers who were trying to disperse the crowd and suggested that two police men may have lost their lives in the process.

It was also confirmed that several members of the Shiites group sustained various degrees of injuries.

Bounce News correspondent also confirmed that two journalists who visually recorded the incident were apprehended by the police, and efforts are being made by the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna council to secure their release.

The Police Command in Kaduna on Wednesday in a statement said that the Shiite is not a legal organization and has been proscribed as an unlawful society.

The statement signed by the Police Public Relations’ Officer ASP Muhktar Aliyu, on behalf of Austin Iwar, the state’s Commissioner of Police, also emphasized that persons parading themselves as members of the group and disturbing the peace, shall be treated as criminals.

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