Nigerian police fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting against fuel subsidy cuts in the northern city of Kano on Monday, wounding 18 at least people, the Red Cross said.

We brought 14 persons to the hospital, seven are in the theatre for gun shot injuries while the others are being treated for various degrees of injury, Kano Red Cross Nigeria executive secretary Musa Danladi Abdullahi told Reuters, adding that another four wounded were brought in by others.

Thousands of Nigerians took to the streets across Africa's top oil producing nation on Monday, launching an indefinite strike to protest against the axing of fuel subsidies.

(Reporting by Mike Oboh; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Louise Ireland)