Thousands of Iranians have reportedly taken to the streets of Tehran yesterday to condemn the killings of several members of Shiite Muslims in Nigeria by the Army last Saturday.
The protesters are also demanding the release of a Nigerian Shiite leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky.
Reports by AFP indicated that the demonstrators at Friday’s rally in Tehran carried banners demanding Zakzaky’s “unconditional release.”
Yesterday’s protest was not coming as a surprise as Iran, Iraq and other Muslim communities had called for global protest, after series of demonstrations were staged in various parts of northern Nigeria, calling for the release of Zakzaky.
Iran, seen as the guardian of the Shiite Muslim faith, has condemned the killings, and consequently, summoned the Nigerian charge d’affaires, by its Foreign Ministry, earlier this week, to protest the killing in Zaria, Kaduna State.
But the Nigerian Army said it acted after Shiites tried to assassinate its Chief of Staff, Lt.Gen. Yusuf Buratai.
Unspecified number of Shiites was reportedly killed in an army/Shiite clash, while Shiite leader Zakzaky reportedly suffered four bullet wounds and was taken into custody, but some human rights groups say as many as 1,000 people may have been killed.

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