Nigeria: Deaths as Kano police clash with Shia Muslims

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At least nine people have been killed and several wounded during clashes between Nigerian police and Shia Muslims at a religious procession in the northern state of Kano, according to witnesses and authorities.

The violence broke out on Monday during a march of thousands of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from Kano city to Zaria in neighbouring Kaduna state - where they had been banned - for the Ashura religious day of mourning.

"The police arrived and started firing tear gas canisters on the procession of Shia to disperse them," grocer Ilyasu Ammani told AFP news agency.  "I saw 15 bodies sprawled on the ground before the police evacuated them," said Ammani of the violence in Kwanar Dawaki, an area on the outskirts of Kano.

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