One person was killed and three others injured following a clash between the military and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Potiskum, Yobe State on Friday.
Trouble reportedly started shortly after the IMN members rounded off their Ashura procession with prayers around 8:30am near Central Hotel, Potiskum.
Indiscriminate gunshots were said to have been fired during the clash, throwing the town into confusion.
The Yobe State Police Commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu, confirmed the incident, saying three persons were injured during the clash.
According to him, he is yet to get full details of the incident but said the JTF responded after the IMN members attempted to seize one of the security operatives’ rifle.
However a member of the IMN group, El-Tafseer, said the police did not give the true reflection of what happened, claiming that they were attacked by the soldiers minutes after the Ashura procession had closed.
He said, “We just sighted the soldiers armed with guns and sticks approaching us. They started beating and harassing us to disperse.
“We began to run when they fired gunshots indiscriminately. Three people were injured and a teenager, not our member, was hit by a stray bullet in the head.
“He died in the hospital.
“They also arrested Malam Gambo Abbas and detained him.”