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U.S. Expresses Concern Over Shiite Deaths, Calls For Inquiry

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The United States Embassy in Nigeria has expressed worry over the killing of Shiites Muslims by the military.

In a statement on Wednesday, the U.S. said, it “is deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State over the past several days.

“While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths. It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation.

“The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to quickly, credibly, and transparently investigate these events in Zaria and hold to account any individuals found to have committed crimes.”

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