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Cablegate: Police Kill Two Ramadan Gift-Seekers In

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200603Z Oct 04

UNCLAS ABUJA 001784

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM KIRF PGOV PREL NI
SUBJECT: POLICE KILL TWO RAMADAN GIFT-SEEKERS IN
ZAMFARA STATE


1. On October 15, the second day of the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan, police killed two people and wounded
three or four others in Gusau, the capital of mostly
Muslim Zamfara State in northwest Nigeria. A crowd had
approached the state government's building to demand
annual Ramadan gifts from the Zamfara State Governor.
Police at the gates stopped the crowd from advancing, a
scuffle ensued, and police opened fire.

2. Note. Media reports referred to the crowd as
"youths." In the Nigerian context, "youths" can be up
to age 40, and are generally male. End Note.

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