Xenophobia Attacks: One Shot As Protesters Storm Abuja Shoprite- Saharacable

One person has been shot in Abuja as hundreds stormed the Shoprite mall along Abuja Airport road near Lugbe to protest the attack on Nigerians in South Africa.

The protesters, who were prevented by the police and the military from attacking the mall, resulted to burning tires and a billboard along the Abuja-airport road.

The protesters, who were largely youths, threw stones at the security operatives, causing heavy traffic build-up on the expressway and forcing motorists to look for alternatives.

The police and military men, who could not bear the outcome of the distraction by the protesters, started firing teargas and bullet into the air to disrupt the protesters.

The situation worsened as the protesters attacked security operatives.

In the process of shooting into the air, an artisan opposite the Shoprite mall was gunned down and immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

The security operatives proceeded to smoke the protesters out of their hiding places in a village just opposite the Shoprite, when the teargas overwhelmed them.

Motorists and passersby were thrown into panic and fear during the battle between the security operatives and the protesters.

Credit: THE NATION

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