United States of America has shown deep concern over the killings during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, procession and the police in Kano on Monday.
The spokesman of the US Embassy in Abuja, John Kirby, said while the matter was still under investigation, the US government was troubled the development.
The statement called for calm and restraint on all sides, a reduction of tensions and greater communication between Shiites and government authorities.
It said members of the Shiite community, like other religious communities, had the right to assemble, peacefully express their religious beliefs, and mark their celebrations.
While calling on the Nigerian government to protect and defend these rights, it said it was also incumbent on members of the IMN and all Nigerian citizens to respect the rule of law and cooperate with the police as they attempt to maintain public order.
On the Zaria killings last year, the statement said: “We continue to urge the government to ensure accountability for the deaths of more than 300 IMN members during December 15, 2015 clashes between the IMN and security forces in Zaria, Kaduna State.