Gunmen shoot at worshipers in Jos mosque, injure 3

Witness alleges that attackers are from neighbouring community.

Some suspected terrorists on Sunday evening allegedly opened fire on a Muslim-dominated community in Jos South Local Government Area of northern Plateau State, injuring three people.

The spokesperson of the Special Task Force on Jos crisis, STF, Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the incident to journalists via phone on Monday.

Mr. Iweha stated that the situation was under control.

The incident, according to witnesses, occurred at about 9:00 p.m.

One witness, Bala Mohammed, said the worshipers were observing “tarawi,” a prayer said after the night prayers during Ramadan.

Mr. Mohammed, who is the secretary, Bukuru Elders Committee, said the gunmen opened fire on a mosque in Bukuru Town.

He alleged that the attackers were from a neighbouring community, Gyel.

“Some time ago, a rocket launcher suspected to be from Gyel community was launched on our community. Apart from that, grenades were also thrown at our community. There have also been persistent shootings from Gyel community and we don’t know why they are attacking us,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Mr. Mohammed solicited for security assistance from government.

“We, the Bukuru Elders Council are calling on the federal, state and local governments to intervene.”

Two of the victims shot by the suspects, Lawal Muhammad and Bashir Iliyasu, at the time of filing this report, were said to still be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, while the third victim has been discharged.


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    It’s those northerners trying to destabilize and make Ali Baba and his fourth thief government ungovernable leave Johnny haram abeg he is busy getting ready for 2015 abi those northerners want to also scuttle that one too

  • Ochiaka Ugwu

    It is the same God that created both Christians and Muslims, Birom, Bokkos and Hausa community. For how long can we continue being our brother’s killers instead of our brother’s keeper which almighty God wants us to be. It is time we stop fanning the ember of hate and embrace love. We must end this senseless killings now or it will put an end to us as a people. Finally to those who felt they have been wronged. I plead to you all to forgive and forget, because to “err is human and to forgive is divine” and “The human soul is the strongest when it forgives an injury and forgoes revenge.

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  • tunde dada

    Those who are bombing church and mosque, doesn’t know know who God, is. They don’t have the fear of God in mind, gone are the days when church and mosque is regarded as holy place. What has befallen the insurgents or an individual to attack a house of worship is nothing but evil, they shoulsd always remember a day that a cock will crow behind them. What are the going to tell God when they see God? Are they going to tell God that they killed thousands of innocent souls because they are fighting jihad?. They should think and stop the unholy war they think they are waging against God’s creation

  • zubairu usman

    Everybody crying helplessness against every day killings of innocent people in the mosques. What ever goes up, must one day come down.