Nigerian Rights Commission Says Military Killed 1,000 Shiites

Rights Commission Chairman Says Military Killed 1,000 Shiites

The Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has accused the Nigeria military of killing as many as 1,000, Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State, last weekend.

Odinkalu described the action as “a massacre,” as he posted photos on social media showing a bulldozer tearing apart a shrine of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Contrary to military claims that the leader of the Shiite movement, Sheik Ibrahim El zak Zaky is well, the rights boss disclosed that the spiritual leader suffered four bullet wounds and one of his wives was killed in the raids that began on Saturday and ended on Monday morning.

“Citizens must ask who ordered this carnage?” Odinkalu tweeted.

Nigerian troops said the raids came after 500 Shiites blocked the convoy of Nigeria’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who they claimed tried to kill him.

Iran, with a large Shiite population, has condemned the killings, while Al Sadr in Iraq has denounced President Buhari as no different from the dreaded ISIL.

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