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Nigerian Shia leader’s wife is alive

By on December 15, 2015

The wife of the leader of Nigeria’s main Shia Muslim sect is alive, the Nigerian army says, denying earlier reports that she was killed in clashes with the army in northern Kaduna state.
Malam Zeenat Ibrahim is in army custody with her husband, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), it says.
The army says members of the sect attempted to assassinate its chief of staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on Saturday when his motorcade was passing through a Shia procession.
But the IMN says the Nigerian army opened fire on their members.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission said on Sunday that before Sheikh Zakzaky’s arrest, the military had parked two tanks outside his home.
The group wants to set up an Islamic republic and has frequently clashed with the army.
It is also opposed to the Sunni Muslim jihadist group, Boko Haram, which recently staged an attack on one of its processions, killing at least 21 people.

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