… seven other worshippers were also abducted from the mosque
No fewer than 18 persons have been killed in the wee hours of Monday when gunmen with dangerous weapons including guns invaded a mosque, leaving several others injured in Niger State of North Central Nigeria.
The incident occurred at Maza-Kuka in Mashegu Local Government Area of the State.
The gunmen in their numbers had stormed Maza-Kuka, went straight to the mosque as the victims were performing morning prayers (Subhi) and attacked them with their dangerous weapons including knives and other sharp objects.
Adnan Tukur, a resident of the area said the attackers had shot sporadically into the air to scare away possible intruders before taking on their victims at close range inside the mosque while others scampered with several degrees of injuries.
The gunmen came into the town in a convoy of several numbers of motorcycles to carry out the attack on the villagers.
“We were taken unawares, still confused and shocked over the attack”.
“So far we counted about 17 to 18 corpses”, adding that the local government Chairman and his team have already assessed and sympathized with the families of those that lost their loved ones.
Monday Kuryas, Niger commissioner of police, who confirmed the development, said the worshippers were observing early morning prayers at the mosque when the gunmen stormed the area.
He said seven other worshippers were also abducted from the mosque.
The police commissioner said the incident occurred around 5:30am, and attributed the attack to communal conflict.
He urged residents of the community to assist the security agencies with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.
“We are battle-ready to confront any form of criminal elements as long as good residents will volunteer credible information on movement of dubious characters in their midst,” he added.