• Army Chief escapes assassination
  • No attempt to kill Buratai- El Zaky Zaky

shitte-clashChief of Army Staff,
Lieutenant General Tukur
Buratai, yesterday, escaped
assassination as soldiers
and members of the Islamic
Movement of Nigeria
otherwise known as Shi’ite
group, clashed in Zaria,
Kaduna.
Dependable sources in
the area revealed that scores
of Shi’ites were reportedly
killed when they attempted
to barricade the road shortly
before the convoy of the
Chief of Army Staff, COAS,
Lieutenant General Tukur
Buratai, was to pass.
According to the Army
spokesman, Colonel SK
Usman, the incident occurred
when COAS was to attend the
Passing Out ceremony of 73
Regular in-take at the Nigeria
Military School, NMS Zaria
yesterday.
He said COAS escaped
assassination along Sokoto
road and that the army will
respond appropriately.
When contacted on phone,
leader of the Shi’ites, Sheikh
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky said his
members never attempted to
assassinate the Chief of Army
Staff.
He said his members were
out to hoist their flags to usher
in a new month when they
were attacked.
According to him, “It was
a lie that we attempted to assassinate the Chief of Army
Staff. We never attacked them
but they attacked us. My
members were only hoisting
our flags at the Hussaniya area
because every year, on this
day we usually hoist our flags
to usher in the new month.
So my members were hosting
the flags when the incident
happened.
“In fact, it was exactly 5:00
pm that we were about to
hoist the flags that the soldiers
stopped my men from doing
so. If it was an assassination
attempt, there should be
injuries recorded among the
soldiers but in this case, no
soldier was injured, but I lost
members.
“So I’m calling on the people
to remain calm as the soldiers
have condoned the areas,” he
said.
He said that the number of
persons killed could not be
ascertained, but the soldiers
left with bodies of persons
killed.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls
the leadership of Shi’ites,
whose members were recently
killed by suicide bombers, had
vehemently denied that the
incident was carried out by
suspected Boko Haram.
They had in fact accused the
military authorities of being
responsible even as insurgents
have vowed to destroy the
Shi’ites.


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