Bandits kill seven, injure two worshippers in Kaduna mosque attack

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Seven people have been killed while two others sustained injury when suspected bandits attacked a mosque in Saya-Saya village in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident happened Friday night when the worshippers were performing Isha’i (Sunset) prayers at the mosque.

The village head, Malam Abdulrahaman Yusuf, said the head of the vigilante in the village was among the victims killed inside the mosque.

“We suspected they traced him (vigilante boss) to the mosque to attack him. We were inside the mosque praying when they arrived and started shooting. Five persons were killed at the mosque, while a driver who brought food items to the village was also killed. The other person was killed at a nearby village,” he said.

He said security agencies comprising soldiers and police from Ikara town and Palgore area arrived at the scene around 12:30am, but by then, the bandits had already left the village.

The Acting Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mansir Alhassan, who confirmed the incident, said security personnel had been mobilised to nearby bushes to fish out the perpetrators.

He urged the members of the public to always report suspicious movement within their communities to nearby security agencies at the right time.

The attack is the latest in a series of attacks by bandits in Kaduna State. In recent months, bandits have killed a number of people and abducted many more in the state.

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