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Deaths in Shia-police clashes in Kaduna

Article published on the 2009-09-19 Latest update 2009-09-19 15:41 TU

Soldiers in Jos after sectarian violence last year( Photo: Reuters )

Soldiers in Jos after sectarian violence last year
( Photo: Reuters )

Shia Muslims have clashed with police in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, leaving a number of people dead. Several arrests have been made.

Local Muslim leader Sheikh al Zazky says that three of his followers were killed and 12 were injured, some of them critically.

The clashes erupted on Friday when worshippers staged a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinians after prayers at a mosque in the town of Zaria.

About 100 people had taken part in the religious ceremony.

Witnesses say that demonstrators stoned the police and officials say that officers opened fire in response.

The violence comes as the country recovers from the aftermath of clashes between security forces and the Boko Haram Islamist sect in late July, that killed close to 800 people in the north-eastern state of Borno.