Sunday, 14 October 2012

20 Shot Dead outside Kaduna Mosque: Witness say Attackers Wore Police Uniform.

New Generation Africa: understands that Armed robbers opened fire on a group of people as they left prayers at a mosque in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna on Sunday, killing about 20, a military spokesman said.  However this version of event from the military is being challenged by some residents who believe is a revenge attack?

A resident reported that the gunmen were disguised in police uniforms as they stormed the mosque in the village of Dogon Dawa just before sunrise, shooting both those still worshiping within the building as well as some outside.

“It is a clear case of armed robbery” Lieutenant Colonel Sani Usman told AFP, confirming the shooting. “The last time I spoke with my (contact) in the area, he said it was 20 people dead.” Religiously divided Kaduna has seen waves of sectarian violence in recent months.

Barely a week after the gruesome murder of over 40 people including some students of the Federal Polytechnic, School of Health Technology and Adamawa State University (ADSU), all of Mubi, Adamawa State in North East Nigeria. New Generation Africa interviewed some residents and eye witness at Mubi and they expressed their frustration at the slow pace of the investigation and the fact that the perpetrators of the massacre are still at large, while the higher institutions of learning and the commercial nerve of the state still seem like a ghost town with the heavy presence of soldiers guarding the town.

Suicide bombings at three churches in June that were claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram sparked reprisal violence by Christian mobs who killed dozens of their Muslim neighbours, burning some of their victims’ bodies.

Muslim groups also formed mobs and killed several Christians. Usman however told AFP that the latest attack was linked to a running feud between a group of “bandits” and a vigilante group in Dogon Dawa.

The thieves had tried to rob some residents earlier in the week but were repelled, he said, adding that the robbers returned to the village on Sunday and carried out what he termed a “revenge” attack.

Asked about a potential religious element in the shootings, he said only that “the victims were coming from prayers” at the mosque.

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