Gunmen abduct 3, 11 injured in Delta mosque attack

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At least three worshippers have been reportedly kidnapped and 11 others injured following a suspected gunmen’s attack on a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state.

A resident stated that the attack occurred at about 6:47 a.m. on Friday, when some Muslim faithful were holding their morning prayers at the Central Mosque, located along Okoroda street in Ughelli.

“My name is Larry; I am a commercial vehicle driver here in Ughelli. I live very close to the central mosque; so this morning at about 6:45 am, we heard a shooting at the mosque.

“Because of fear, many people in my compound were frightened and we remained inside only peeping through our windows. As the shooting lasted, we heard loud cries from some worshippers inside the mosque,” the resident said.

Larry also said some of the worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen.

The spokesperson of the state’s Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident, saying 11 worshippers were injured in the attack, but was silent on the reported abduction of three worshippers.

“I just called the DPO at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque. For now, no arrest has been made, but I can assure you that we will get those involved,” he said.


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