A human rights group says there is credible evidence of mass graves in Nigeria following a recent massacre of Shia Muslims by the Abuja government troops in the country’s north.
The Britain-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said that Nigerian military had secretly buried hundreds of bodies in mass graves after it stormed the house of top Nigerian Shia cleric Ibrahim al-Zakzaky.
According to media reports, dozens of people are believed to have been killed in the raid, but the IHRC has put the toll at over 1,000.
The fatalities came on December 13, when Nigerian forces raided the house of Sheikh Zakzaky, and arrested him after reportedly killing the individuals attempting to protect him. One of the Shia senior leaders and their spokesman lost their lives during the attack.
The development came a day after clashes between troops and Shia Muslims in Zaria claimed at least 15 lives and left many more injured.
reports said soldiers opened fire on the people attending a religious ceremony in Hussainiyyah Baqeeyatullah in Zaria.