Pandemonium in Niger as gunmen kill nine worshipers, injure six others - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Pandemonium in Niger as gunmen kill nine worshipers, injure six others


There was pandemonium in Tungan Ba’are village in Mashegu  Local Government Area of Niger State, as gunmen killed nine worshippers and injured six others in an attack on a mosque in the early morning of Thursday.

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Monday-Bala Kuryas, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the worshippers were killed during early morning prayer.

He said a primary school teacher was abducted by the gunmen, adding that those killed were aged between 30 and 65 years.

Kuryas said the six injured persons were evacuated to Kontagora General hospital for 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 gunmen during the incident.”

According to the commissioner, the  incident might be a reprisal attack 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 co-existence among the residents.

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

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