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Abuja, Nigeria (CNB News) – Members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria mainly known as Shiites, today took to the streets of Abuja to protest the recent killing of the head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force and mastermind of its regional influence, killed early on Friday near Baghdad’s international airport in an air strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

The protesting Shiite members seized the opportunity to also demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat who are currently in detention.

Chanting hate songs and slogans like “Death To America.”, the protesting Shiites also burnt a US flag.

‘Declaration of war’

“The unilateral US sanctions were a declaration of economic war and this reckless move is obviously a major escalation and a declaration of war against Iran,” Dareini told Al Jazeera.

The White House and Pentagon said the attack on Soleimani was carried out with the aim of deterring future attacks allegedly being planned by Iran.

The Pentagon said Trump had ordered Soleimani’s “killing” after pro-Iran protesters this week stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad.

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