US calls for investigation into Nigerian Army, Shiite group clash.

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The United States has asked the Nigerian government to investigate in a transparent manner, the clash between the military and the Shiite Islamic movement in Zaria, Kaduna state.

In a statement released by the public public affairs section of its Embassy in the country, the US noted its concern and asked that those found wanting be punished.

“The United States is deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State over the past several days”.

“While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths.  It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation”.

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