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Police, Shi’ite protesters clash for a second day in Abuja

Anti-riot police clashed for a second day with Shi’ite Muslim protesters in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

Media reports say police fired teargas at the protesters on Tuesday on a second day of clashes with demonstrators calling for the release of their religious leader.

On Monday, similar clashes led to the arrest of up to 115 protesters while organisers say at least one person was killed and several others injured by gunfire.

Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in government custody since December 2015, when security forces killed hundreds of members in a crackdown on a group estimated to have 3 million followers.

The group is calling for the release of its leader after a court ruled his detention without charge illegal.

One of the group’s leaders Abdullahi Muhammad told Reuters protesters were hit by police bullet on Monday.

“As we started protesting they started shooting tear gas and using water cannons,” Mr. Muhammad said. “We refused to disperse, and they used bullets as well, and they shot so many people.”

“They want to push us to violence, but they couldn’t, so that is why they are using live ammunition, thinking that killing will stop us. No amount of killing will stop us,”.  “The only thing that will stop these protests is when the government frees our leader,” said Muhammad.

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