The United States has called for a thorough investigation into the recent clashes between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites and security forces.
Concise News reports that the Shi’ites have been clashing with policemen and soldiers in various parts of Abuja since Saturday.
The IMN members are protesting the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader.
While the Nigerian army said three persons were killed during one of the protests, the Shi’ites have declared over 1000 of their members missing.
The US embassy urged the two parties to exercise restraint.
The statement read: “The United States Embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja.
“We urge government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law. We urge restraint on all sides.”