Three Shiites have been rescued from the rubble in Zaria three days after Nigerian soldiers and Shiites clashed, which ended in the death of 300 embers of the Sheikh El-Zakzaky led Shiite movement and the demolition of buildings around the area.
In a search and rescue operation conducted on the site of the clash, the
government has said that residents of the Gyellesu area can begin returning to their home after they fled for safety.
A statement released byvtge Kaduna state government assured residents of the area of their safety and praised them for agreeing to return home.
The statement reads:
“Following the clashes between the Nigerian Army and Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s movement, it became clear that a number of buildings and other property had been damaged. The debris at the Husainiyah, in Gyellesu, and other locations constituted a danger to public safety. Therefore, the relevant agencies are evacuating the debris, removing dangerous materials such as twisted metal and glass shards. Some of the structures that were damaged at the sites of the clashes were deemed to be structurally unsound, and were also subsequently removed. Residents were advised to inform the authorities if they come across any item that looks unusual or suspicious or appears to be dangerous to themselves or their children.
“Public health considerations also informed the exercise to clear the debris. During operations to remove debris at the Husainiyah, two persons were rescued alive after spending three days under the rubble. One person was pulled out alive from the Gyellesu site, while three corpses were recovered at the Dambo village location.
“With the measures taken to search for and to rescue people trapped in the rubble, evacuate corpses and remove dangerous debris, the sites of the clashes are no longer sources of peril to their communities. Residents are assured that they can safely resume their legitimate pursuits.”