Police confirm 24 killed in Kaduna Mosque attack

Kaduna State map used to illustrate the story.
Kaduna State map used to illustrate the story.

The police said they have increased the security in the area.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, has confirmed that 24 people were killed on Sunday in an attack by suspected armed robbers on Dogon Dawa village of Kaduna.

The police boss, who spoke at a press briefing in his office, Sunday evening, in Kaduna said: “On the same Sunday morning at about 5:30 a.m. a suspected gang of armed bandits numbering about ten stormed Dogon Dawa village killing 24 persons.”

“Information had it that few of the victims were coming back from their morning prayers, while the rest were attacked in their various houses,” he added.

Mr. Adenaike also confirmed early insinuations that the armed robbery gang were in the village on a revenge mission.

“Investigations reveal that on 13/10/ 2012 at about 12 hours, some members of a vigilante group from Dogon Dawa village went to Kuyello village a distance of about 35 km,and arrested four persons suspected to be members of a notorious gang terrorizing their areas and took them (four suspects) to Dogon Dawa village for questioning,” he said.

The police boss added that “following the arrest , some unidentified armed gang in Kuyello village mobilized in their large number and stormed Dogon Dawa in the early hours of Sunday in a bid to rescue the four persons arrested.”

He said “the gang descended on innocent members of the village, killing a total of twenty two persons. The gang succeeded in rescuing two out of the four persons arrested by the Vigilante group while the other two whom the attackers could not rescue were killed on the spot by the same assailants.”

Mr. Adenaike said the police have commenced investigations and security presence in the area has been heightened.

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