Terrorists kill nine worshippers during congregational prayer inside mosque

Suspected terrorists have attacked a mosque when worshippers were performing the night congregational prayers on Friday in Saya-Saya community in Ikara Local Government of Kaduna State, and reportedly killed nine persons

Penpushing reports that Alhassan Muhammed, a member representing Ikara local government at the Kaduna State House of Assembly, confirmed the ugly development explaining that the assailants attacked two communities.

‘The sad incident happened on Friday after Insha’i prayer, the gunmen invaded the Saya-Saya town on a motorcycle with sophisticated weapons. They started shooting inside and outside the mosque during the night prayer, killing seven people inside the mosque and two others in the neighbourhood. The Kaduna State government, the local government councils and other stakeholders are on top of the situation to prevent the recurrence of the ugly incident,” the lawmaker said.

Penpushing further reports that an eyewitness identified as Dan-Asabe Ikara, said two other people were killed by the same attackers at Tashin Dauda – a neighbouring community while fleeing from the scene of the attack.

“I was there when the incident happened, we were praying. I was at the mosque premises, and two of the attackers covered their faces and approached the mosque before they started firing. One of them (attackers) blew a whistle, and one other said “we have arrived” before they started firing indiscriminately at the worshippers’, he said.

Penpushing also reports that the witness added that the gunmen killed six people inside the mosque, adding that the seventh victim died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, in Kano State, before being attended to by a medical doctor

The Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muhammed Jalige, as at the time of filing this report was yet to make any remarks or official statement over the sad incident, which has continued to cause fear among the residents of the affected communities.

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