Army massacre of Shi'ites claimed in north

"An impartial investigation is urgently needed into these killings", Amnesty's Nigeria Director M.K. Ibrahim said in a statement.

The GOC, who was flanked by Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Usman Shehu, also stated that, at the appropriate time Sheik El zakzaky will speak to his followers.

Kano, Nigeria (CNN)The Nigerian military launched an attack on a Shia Muslim group in one of the country's northern cities over the weekend, killing numerous people after a military convoy got stuck by a march.

"We have reports that bodies of our members killed outside the house of our leader are being evacuated in trucks by soldiers", IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa told AFP. Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene a meeting to press the Nigerian government to secure the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

"Citizens must ask, who ordered this carnage?"

Representatives of the sect, known as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, say that up to 1,000 of its members were killed by the military.

Nigeria's north erupts in violence again after about a thousand Muslims were killed in a three-day police crackdown on Shiite minority.

The bloodshed was yet another blow to Africa's most populous nation, already beset by a 6-year-old insurgency waged by Boko Haram, a violent Islamic group which is at odds with the Shiites and others who oppose its extremist views.

On Sunday, the army raided several buildings connected to the sect and the home of its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky.

NLC, in a statement by its factional President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, contended that it was bad for any group of people to have allegedly blocked the road, restrict the movement, and allegedly threatened the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The sect also alleged that troops of the Nigerian Army are digging graves to bury the dead from the clash.

The seven standing committees charged with the investigation are those of Intelligence and National Security, Judiciary and Human Rights, Army, Police Affairs, Internal Affairs, and Foreign Affairs. Authorities reportedly took Zakzaky and his wife into custody, while some reports indicated his son died in the attack, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright has reacted to what has now been tagged "Shiite Killings" as well as the ensuing protests.

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned religious bodies across Nigeria to refrain from activities that are capable of breaching public peace and order. Iran state TV said Rouhani told Buhari Tuesday that he expects the Nigerian government to compensate families of victims.

The Nigerian embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital was host to a crowd of protesting Iranians on Tuesday, December 15. Yet again, the Nigerian military's lack of transparency may have made a bad situation worse.

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