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Zaria
LGA and city
Gate to the palace of the emir of Zazzau
Gate to the palace of the emir of Zazzau
Flag of Zaria
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Country  Nigeria
State Kaduna State
Area
 • Total 563 km2 (217 sq mi)
Population
 (2006 Census)
 • Total 408,198
 • Density 725.0/km2 (1,877.8/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (WAT)
Climate Aw

Zaria is a major city in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria, as well as being a Local Government Area.

It was one of the original seven Hausa city-states. Today, it is known for housing Nigeria's largest university, Ahmadu Bello University.

In December 2015, Nigeria's military was reported to have killed 300 Shia Muslims and buried their bodies in a mass grave. Although the government denies the event, it has been described as a Massacre.

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