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Eleven Shiite members, a Journalist, a DCP killed in Abuja, Nigeria

A trainee Journalist with Channels TV, Precious Owolabi and deputy commissioner of police, Usman Umar were top of the casualty list during the clashes between the pro-Iranian Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the police in Nigerian capital on Monday.

The 23 years old trainee journalist was hit by a stray bullet while reporting on the clashes for national TV station, Channels, where he was working as part of his national service – a compulsory one-year programme for graduates in Nigeria.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Umar UsmanDCP Umar described by his colleagues as an intelligent officer, was said to have been caught unawares as he was talking the group in an effort to avoid confrontations, when he was shot on the head multiple times.

The pro-Iranian Islamic Movement for Nigeria (IMN) says that at least 11 of their members were killed in the violence while dozens of others were injured. The authorities have not given a death toll, except for saying that one of their officers was killed.Dead Shiite member lying on the road Shiite members involved in the clashes in Nigeria capital, Abuja

Hundreds of followers from the Shiite group were out on the streets to demand the release of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been detained since 2015.

Things are now calmer in Abuja, but the hostility between the authorities and IMN members remains unresolved as the group vows to keep protesting on the streets until its leader is released.

He was arrested four years ago following a military crackdown in which more than 300 IMN members were killed according to human rights groups.

The Nigerian authorities have faced criticism for ignoring court orders for his release.

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