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    Members of the pro-Iran Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) gather on the outskirts of the northern Nigerian city of Kano on November 14, 2016, during a 130-kilometers trek to its spiritual headquarters in the city of Zaria for the annual Arbaeen religious festival (File)

    Religious Ritual Turns Deadly: Nigerian Police Kill 4 Shia Mourners

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    Four people were killed when Nigerian security forces fired on supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) during an annual religious march in the country’s north.

    The attack occurred on Sunday, when IMN members gathered in the city of Kano to mark Arba’een — the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, about 1,400 years ago.

    IMN spokesman Yosuf Abdullahi described the incident as an “unprovoked attack,” and “yet another atrocity against peaceful and defenseless citizens who exercised their fundamental freedom of religion and association, violating no law.”

    The police authorities in Kano have denied using live bullets and killing any mourners.

    Last year, Nigerian forces attacked Arba’een mourners with tear gas and live ammunition leaving over 100 mourners dead and hundreds injured.

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