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Gunmen kill 18 at mosque in northern Nigeria’s Niger state -residents

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Armed males on motorbikes killed not less than 18 folks at a mosque in Niger state in northern Nigeria, two residents instructed Reuters on Monday.

The attackers arrived within the Maza-Kuka neighborhood of Mashegu native authorities space at roughly 5 a.m., the residents stated.

“They came and went straight to the mosque and shot at worshippers without sparing anyone,” resident Abdulganiyu Hassan instructed Reuters.

Hassan stated they kidnapped greater than 10 others. Bello Ayuba, one other resident and witness, stated not less than 20 have been wounded.

A Niger state police spokesman didn’t instantly reply to calls or messages in search of remark.

Armed bandits working for money have kidnapped or killed lots of throughout northwest Nigeria this yr, however Niger state and native authorities officers additionally just lately stated that Islamist militant group Boko Haram had taken over a number of communities within the state, providing villagers cash and incorporating them of their ranks to combat the federal government. learn extra

Reporting by Maiduguri newsroom; writing by Libby George; Editing by Sandra Maler