Nigerian troops have arrested the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a group propagating the spread of Shi’te Islam in Nigeria, Ibrahim Elzakzaky. According to a credible source in the sect’s hierarchy, a top leader of the movement, Muhammadu turi, and the head of the medical team of the sect, Mustapha saidu, and several others were killed during a siege on the Elzakzaky's Zaria residence.
The Nigerian Army and members of the sect have accused each other of instigating attacks that led to the death of members of the movement on Saturday. While the Army accused the Shiite followers of attempting to assassinate Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Islamic movement said soldiers simply decided to attack "defenseless people." According to a source at the military hospital in Chindit Barracks Depot of the Nigerian Army, Zaria, 19 bodies of people killed in the encounter were received.