Bandits invade Kaduna mosque, kill Imam


Some bandits in the early hours of Tuesday invaded a mosque
at the Sabon Layi, Kakangi ward in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna
State, killing the Imam and one worshipper identified as Kabir, with two others
sustaining various degrees of injuries.


Two other worshippers who sustained serious injuries from
the attack were identified as  Bilya
Mairabo and Ashiru Mairabo.


They were said to be receiving medical attention at the
Jibrin Maigwari General Hospital, Birnin-Gwari.


A community leader, Zubair AbduRrauf, disclosed that the
incident occurred during the early morning prayers around 5am.


AbduRrauf, who holds the title of Danmasanin of
Birnin-Gwari, added that the bandits attacked Birnin-Gwari communities almost
daily, killing and abducting residents, especially farmers.


He added that the situation was more worrisome on the
Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway and has become a nightmare for travellers and other
road users.


He said, “Yes, an Imam of a mosque and two other worshippers
were killed. It occurred around 5 am on Tuesday. Two other worshippers are at
the Jibrin Maigwari  General Hospital, Birnin-Gwari.


“The attack took place at Ga Allah Babba of Sabon Layi, an
agrarian community in the Western part of Birnin-Gwari.  These are areas neighbouring the Kamuku
National Park and the Kuyebana Forest in Zamfara and Niger states.


“We are in a precarious situation in Birnin-Gwari.  Even on the Kaduna – Birnin-Gwari highway,
people are being escorted by either security personnel or the vigilante. Two
days ago, the bandits killed two people coming back from Kaduna.


“The bandits’ attack is on a daily basis.  Security personnel are really trying their
best to see that the attacks are being curtailed but we need a change of
strategy from them (security personnel).”


There was no official confirmation from either the state
government or the state police command as of the time of filing this report.


When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer,
ASP Mansir Hassan, told our correspondent on the telephone that he would


“I am driving and when I stop, I will get back to you,” he


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