Three persons were killed and 60 others injured when police opened fired at protesters rallying to express solidarity with Palestinians on the Al-Quds Day in Nigeria's northern state of Zaria.
The clash broke out on Friday during a procession by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as the Shittes Islamic sect in Kofar Doka, an area in Zaria town.
A spokesperson of the movement, Mallam Abdulami Bello, alleged that the procession was peaceful until the protesters reached a place where they were preparing to pray when the police opened fire on them without any provocation.
But Deputy Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State Isaac Ike refused to confirm the shooting, saying he is not authorised to speak on the matter.
Witnesses, however, said the Shiite protest, took off on a peaceful note but turned violent with the arrival of some armed policemen, sending people scampering for safety.
They said an agitating youth got into a fist fight with the police following which the police fired gun-shots killing three people - Mohammed Jajji (27), Abdurahman Alhamdu (29) and another unidentified youth - and injuring around 60.
The injured were later admitted to a hospital.
Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Public Affairs, Alhaji Umar Sani, said confirmed two deaths.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder of Iran, in August 1979 declared the last Friday of the Islamic month of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day, calling for international rallies in support of Palestinians and against Israel.