The Nigerian Army on Sunday stated that some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), better known as Shiites, on Saturday attacked troops of the Army Headquarters Garrison on official duty escorting ammunitions and missiles from Abuja to Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State were attacked at Zuba bridge, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at about 3pm.
A statement from the Commander Army Headquarters Garrison, Major-General, James Myam said members of the sect, who were supposedly in a procession, established an illegal road block denying motorists free passage. “When the troops’ convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect. Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items. They smashed both military and civilian vehicles’ windscreens and windows.
“They also attempted to overrun the escorts to cart away the ammunition and missiles the troops were escorting. “This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves. Consequently, troops of 102 Guards Battalion in whose Area of Responsibility the incident occurred rushed to the convoy’s rescue. “Unfortunately, during the encounter 3 members of the sect were killed while 2 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at a military medical facility,” the Army explained.
Myam added that normalcy has been restored in the general area, telling members of the public especially those plying the Abuja – Zuba Road to go about their normal activities with the assurance that no individual or persons would be allowed to disturb public peace or carry out unprovoked attacks against military convoys.
Source: Daily Post