17 reportedly killed after bandits attack mosque in Niger state

No fewer than 17 persons were reportedly killed after bandits attacked a mosque in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State on Monday morning October 25.


According to reports, the gunmen invaded the community in motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers. The gunmen began shooting sporadically into the air and killing anyone in sight. 


The Maza_Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger state are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.


Confirming the incident, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, said that 16 people were killed in the mosque while one other was killed at Kaboji village by the gunmen. Matane said that the State Government has sent a team of military personnel to the forest to fish out bandits hiding there.


The Chairman of Mashegu local government council, Alhaji Alhassan Isa Maza-Kuka also confirmed the incident, describing it as very devastating to the people.