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Army vs Shiites: Iran warns Nigeria following Zaria attacks

The warning was given by a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Hossein Jaber-Ansari on Sunday, December 13, 2015, according to state-owned network, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

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The government of Iran has warned Nigeria to tread with caution following the recent battle between the Nigerian Army and Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Soldiers engaged the Shiites in a battle after the group allegedly attempted to assassinate Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

The warning was given by a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Hossein Jaber-Ansari on Sunday, December 13, 2015, according to state-owned network, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

“Nigeria… is now dealing with problems arising from extremism and Takfiri terrorism and we hope that in these conditions preservation of calm and national unity in battling terrorism is prioritized while rash and unconstructive measures are avoided,” IRNA quoted Jaber-Ansari as saying.

The conflict between the Shiites and the army escalated after soldiers surrounded the home of leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky on Saturday.

The resulting gunfight is said to have led to the deaths of Zakzaky’s wife and son and also the group’s Second-in-Command, Sheik Muhammad Turi.

Zakzaky himself has reportedly been arrested by the army while the group claims that 500 of its members were killed during the attacks.

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