Armed Bandits Kill Worshippers Inside Mosque in Niger State

Armed Bandits Kill Worshippers Inside Mosque in Niger State

  • Armed bandits in Niger state on Thursday, December 9 stormed a church and killed over a dozen worshippers
  • To underscore the severe nature of the attack, the bandits struck during early morning prayers in the area
  • Police authorities in the north-central state confirmed the attack and vowed to bring the perpetrators to books

Niger - Daily Trust newspaper is reporting that at least 15 worshippers were killed while dozens sustained injuries in an attack on a mosque in Ba’are village, Mashegu local government area of Niger state.

According to the report, the attackers struck when villagers were performing their early morning prayers on Thursday, December 9.

Sani Bello
No official statement from the Niger state governor, Sani Bello yet after the attack. Photo credit: @NigerGov
Source: Twitter

A source quoted in the report said those who sustained injuries have been taken to the Kontagora General Hospital for treatment.

The Niger state commissioner of police, Monday Bala Kuryas, who confirmed the incident, said no fewer than 9 people were killed in the attack.

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His words:

“Niger state police command has already drafted security personnel to the affected area to further safeguard lives and properties in that community.”

He stressed that security agencies would continue to discharge their responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerlites and Nigerians while calling for credible intelligence from the public.

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The incident comes barely 48 hours after gunmen suspected to be bandits burnt scores of passengers traveling from Sabon Birni local government area to Sokoto town.

The incident which occurred at about 9 am on Tuesday, December 7 happened around Gidan Bawa village where the terrorists blocked the road and set the vehicle ablaze.

The Sokoto state police command spokesperson, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, confirmed the incident, adding that the vehicle carried 24 passengers.

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Meanwhile, Northern youths have called for the review of the security architecture of Nigeria as attacks continue to escalate.

The youths also called for the immediate sack of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).

According to them, the massive killings and raiding of communities in the north by bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, ISWAP, and other terrorist groups rampaging the region can no longer be tolerated.


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