Worshippers locked in Nigeria mosque and set on fire

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In northern Nigeria’s Kano state, a terrible incident occurred at a mosque during morning prayers. A man attacked the mosque, causing a fire that killed at least 11 people and injured many more. The attacker reportedly sprayed petrol inside the mosque, locked the doors, and set it on fire while worshippers were inside. It’s a heartbreaking situation that has left the community in shock and mourning.

The attack seems to have been motivated by a family dispute over inheritance. The suspect, a 38-year-old man, has been arrested by the police. He confessed to his actions, saying he was targeting certain family members who were present at the mosque. However, authorities have confirmed that this was not an act of terrorism but rather a tragic outcome of a personal conflict.

When the fire broke out, neighbours rushed to help but faced difficulties because the doors were locked. Eventually, they managed to open the doors and rescue some of the worshippers. Emergency services, including bomb experts and firefighters, were deployed to the scene to assist with the rescue efforts.

The Fire Service in Kano expressed concern that they were not alerted to the fire immediately. They believe that if they had been called sooner, they could have controlled the situation more effectively. However, they were only informed after locals had already extinguished the fire.

Tragically, the death toll rose as more victims succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital. Among the victims were children, adding to the sorrow of the community. Islamic cleric Sheik Dauda Sulaiman emphasized the severity of the crime, stating that killing people while they are praying is one of the gravest sins. He called for the culprit to repent to God and provide compensation to the families of the victims.

The entire village is now grieving the loss of their loved ones. It’s a devastating event that has shaken the community to its core. As they come to terms with the tragedy, they are seeking justice for the victims and support for their families. The attack serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of resolving conflicts peacefully.

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