18 killed in gun attack on mosque in Nigeria

Attack on mosque in Nigeria: 18 dead

In Nigeria’s Zamfara state, 18 people were killed in an armed attack on a mosque.

According to national media reports, gunmen opened fire on people gathered for Friday prayers in the Ruwan Jema district of Zamfara province yesterday. In the attack, 18 people lost their lives and many were injured.

Zamfara Police Spokesman Muhammad Shehu confirmed the attack but did not provide information on the death toll. The province has been the scene of violent conflicts between the Fulani, who have been engaged in animal husbandry for 5 years, and some tribes engaged in farming.

The state government had announced that armed gang members caught due to the increasing security problems in the state would be tried by death penalty.

Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari had previously banned mining activities in the state due to security issues.

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle had called for individual arming for residents to defend themselves against armed gangs on June 26. The Nigerian army and police reacted to this decision.