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Gunmen storm mosque, killing nine worshipers in Niger

 Gunmen storm mosque, killing nine worshipers in Niger


The Police Command in Niger State, yesterday, confirmed that gunmen attacked a mosque, killing nine worshippers and injuring six others at Tungan Ba’are village in Mashegu Local Government.

The Commissioner of Police, Monday-Bala Kuryas said the worshippers were killed during early morning prayer on Thursday.

He also disclosed that a primary school teacher was abducted by marauders, adding that those killed were aged between 30 and 65.

Kuryas said the six injured persons were evacuated to Kontagora General hospital formedical treatment.

He gave their names as, Umaru Sahabi, Mohammed Maikasuwa, Isa Abu, Mohammed Danbarau, Mohammed Dandangi and Alhaji Dan Mairini.

 “We can’t ascertain the number of victims kidnapped, as only one primary school teacher of Tungan Ba’are was revealed to be kidnapped by the armed men during the incident.”

According to the commissioner, the incident might be a reprisal attack resulting from a long standing communal feud.

He said that additional armed security personnel had since been deployed to the area to track and arrest the gunmen and all other miscreants undermining peaceful coexistence among the residents.

Kuryas urged the people to support security agencies with credible information on the activities of criminals around them.

An attack on worshippers on Oct. 25, in a mosque at Mazakuka village in Mashegu Local Government Area, had left many people dead.

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