18 worshippers were killed by shooters who assaulted a mosque in northern Nigeria during early morning prayers Monday, nearby police told The Associated Press. The terrible episode occurred in Mazakuka town in Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State.
The gunmen, posed to be ethnic Fulani roaming herders, figured out how to get away. This year alone, there have been numerous ethnic viciousness which has caused many losses in a battle about access to water and land. A portion of the Fulani have waged war against the nearby Hausa people group.
“The gunmen came around the mosque and started shooting them,” Alhassan Isah, Chairman of Mashegu Local Government Area, told the AP. He said another four people were also wounded.
Niger police commissioner Monday Kuryas said the assault was additionally associated with the contention between the locals and the Fulani herders. Nigeria’s northwest and focal districts have seen an unexpected spike in destructive brutality.
Communities that are most influenced are typically in difficult to reach at regions, like the most recent in Mazakuka, which is around 270 kilometers from the state capital.