Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the killing of 7 worshippers in a Mosque at Saya-Saya village in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Friday.i
.Acting Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mansir Alhassan, who confirmed the incident, said security personnel had been mobilised to nearby bushes to fish out the perpetrators.
He said that tthe police and other security agencies were not informed on the attack until after the attackers left the area.
Allhassan urged the members of the public to always report suspicious movement within their communities to nearby security agencies at the right time.
Five of the victims were gunned down in the mosque, while two other victims were killed at different locations within the area.
The incident happened around 8pm when the villagers were performing Isha’i (Sunset) prayers at a local mosque
A resident of the village, Dan Asabe, said two other villagers who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The village Head, Malam Abdulrahaman Yusuf, confirmed the incident, saying the head of the vigilante in the village was among the victims killed inside the mosque.
“We suspected they traced him (vigilante boss) to the mosque to attack him. We were inside the mosque praying when they arrived and started shooting. Five persons were killed at the mosque, while a driver who brought food items to the village was also killed. The other person was killed at a nearby village,” he said.
The village heads said security agencies comprising soldiers and police from Ikara town and Palgore area arrived at the scene around 12:30am, but by then, the bandits had already left the village.
He said the village was thrown into confusion.