Guns fired during Abuja protest

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Police fired guns and teargas in a clash with a protesting Shi’ite Muslim group in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, Reuters witnesses said.

Two Reuters witnesses heard gunshots and saw policemen fire weapons to disperse hundreds outside government buildings demanding the release of their leader.

The Reuters witness said it did not appear police were aiming at protesters, but they appeared to be firing live rounds. The confrontation was two days after clashes with police left at least two dead and 40 protesters in police custody.

Protesters ran and threw stones as police tried to disperse the crowd. A witness saw police arrest at least a dozen protesters.

A police spokesman did not respond to a phone call or text messages requesting comment.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a group representing Nigeria’s minority Shi’ite Muslims,  will continue protesting until they secure the release of leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, in detention since 2015.