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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