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Incident was sparked by march Saturday to commemorate prophet's birthday
Nigerian army's chief of staff was caught in the gridlock
Senator: 'This was how Boko Haram started'
Kano, Nigeria (CNN)The
Nigerian military launched an attack on a Shia Muslim group in one of
the country's northern cities over the weekend, killing numerous people
after a military convoy got stuck by a march.
trouble began Saturday, when thousands of members of the Islamic
Movement of Nigeria, a pro-Iranian Shia group, held a march in Zaria, in
Kaduna State, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and his convoy wound up trapped in the gridlock.
to some accounts, a metal object was thrown at the general's vehicle by
someone in the crowd. Soldiers mistook the sound for gunshots and
apparently thought it was part of an attempt to assassinate the general.
At any rate, soldiers in the
convoy opened fire, killing a number of people. Members of the sect put
the number at more than 100.
Troops backed by tanks went to leader's home
receiving reports that members of the Islamic group were "mobilizing"
following the shootings at the march, troops targeted the group's
shrines and enclaves, according to Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade.
reportedly firebombed the Husseiniyya, the group's religious center,
and destroyed another religious center on the outskirts of the city.
the evening, the troops, backed by tanks, moved to the area where the
group's leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, lives. Hundreds of Zakzaky's
followers went to the house to try to prevent his arrest.
A night-long battle ensued, in which more people were killed. The home was firebombed and demolished.
The sect said Zakzaky's wife, Zeenat, was among the dead but the military said she and Zakzaky were in protective custody.
Senator condemns military's actions
An army spokesman acknowledged the loss of life but blamed members of the sect.
"incident," said Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, was the "result of the
Shiite group members' blocking roads and not allowing other passers-by
to go about their lawful businesses and activities."
is important to note that over the years this group has subjected
ordinary citizens using public roads to untold delays, threats and
disruption simply because they insist on using public space irrespective
of inconvenience and hardship on other law-abiding citizens and
motorists," Usman said. "This cannot be tolerated and must stop."
said police would conduct an inquiry as soon as order was restored. His
statement made no reference to a perceived assassination attempt.
But Shehu Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central, criticized the military's actions.
has not learned its lessons," Sani said. "This was how Boko Haram
started, with the extra-judicial killing of their leader in 2009. What
happened in Zaria was nothing but an act of brutality by the Nigerian
Boko Haram is a brutal
militant Sunni group active in northern Nigeria. It is perhaps most
notorious for the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the town
CNN's Aminu Abubakar reported from Kano, Stephanie Busari reported from London, with Don Melvin writing in London.