The United States embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was "concerned" and required an
investigation after supporters of a detained Shiite cleric were killed in conflicts with security powers.
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its individuals were gunned to death this week after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja, calling into doubt the military’s official death toll of six.
“The United States embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja,” said the US embassy in a statement.
“We urge the government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law. We urge restraint on all sides,” it added.