Nigerian Army has confirmed that three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite, died on Saturday, while two solders sustained injuries when the sect clashed with troops at Zuba in the FCT.
The Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, James Myam confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday.
Myam, said troops of the Garrison were attacked at about 3 p.m. at Zuba bridge by the sect as they escorted ammunitions and missiles from Abuja to Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State.
According to the commander, the sect which was supposedly in a procession, established an illegal road block denying motorists free passage and when the troops’ convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect.
He said members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items attempting to overrun the escorts and cart away the ammunition and missiles.
This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves.
He, however, said normalcy had been restored in the area and advised members of the public especially those plying the Abuja-Zuba road, to go about their normal activities.