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Many worshippers injured as man set mosque on fire during morning prayer in Kano

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Many worshippers have sustained various degrees of injuries a yet-to-be known  man set a mosque on fire at Laraba Abasawa in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.



The incident occurred during the early morning ‘Subh’ prayer on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

According to reports, the assailant carried out the attack using petrol to ignite the fire while worshippers were engaged in their morning prayers.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the arsonist locked the door of the mosque after setting it ablaze, trapping worshippers inside and exacerbating the severity of the situation.

One of the eyewitnesses, who spoke to Daily Trust, recounted the chaotic scene, stating, “It took time for people outside to become aware of the incident and rescue the victims who were struggling to break out of the burning building.”

The aftermath of the attack saw at least 20 worshippers sustaining injuries, prompting an urgent response from emergency services.

The injured were promptly transported to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano where they are currently receiving medical attention.

When the scene was visited by Daily Trust, a resident, Ibrahim Jibrin, said, “I was about going to the mosque when I saw a boy running engulfed by fire shouting for help.

“We didn’t know what was happening before then. This is the third time he would attack people here. He had once hit two of his elder brothers and took himself to the police station, claiming that he had killed them.”

He added that the incident is much related to years of misunderstanding among the family members.

Aminu willingly submitted himself to the Police after the incident, according to residents.

Efforts to get the Police command spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, were not successful as he repeatedly rejects calls put across to him.

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