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Kano mosque arsonist who killed 8, injured 20, used bomb – Police

Kano mosque arsonist who killed 8, injured 20, used bomb – Police

The police in Kano State have said the man who set fire on people in a mosque used a locally made bomb to commit the crime.

An Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Umar Mamman Sanda, made this known when he led a delegation of security personnel, including the Commissioner of Police in the State and the Director DSS, on a visit to the victims at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.

He said: “What happened is not associated with any act of terrorism but rather it was a skirmish that arose as a result of inheritance sharing.

“The suspect was said to be not satisfied with the distribution and was reacting to that. He is presently with us and is giving useful information. It is really unfortunate. He used a locally made bomb to commit the crime.”

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Eight people were confirmed dead and more than 20 injured after 38-year-old Shafiu Abubakar set a mosque on fire while worshippers were observing the early morning prayer at about 5.30am.

A family dispute over the sharing of inheritance led to this grief and death in Larabar-Albasawa on the outskirts of Gezawa, headquarters of Gezawa local government area of Kano State.

Sources at the village said Shafiu sprayed the mosque area with petroleum, locked the door and set it on fire trapping about 40 worshippers inside.

The family feud which led to this started as a result of inheritance distribution between the family members. This took a new turn with more problems and unrest among the siblings and affecting the larger community members.

A family member who asked not to be named said, “the man used petrol and started a fire while the people, about 40 of them were praying, and locked the mosque.

“It took time for people outside to be aware of the incident and immediately went to the rescue of the people who were struggling to get out of the mosque which had caught fire.”

At least 28 victims who were seriously burnt were said to have been rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital for treatment.

Speaking, another resident, Ibrahim Jibrin said: “I was about to go to the mosque when I saw a boy running engulfed in fire shouting for help and that’s when we got aware of the situation.

“We don’t know what is happening but this is the third time he is attacking 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 related to years of misunderstanding among the family members.

The nature of the dispute is still unclear, though it was said to be inheritance-related.

Most of the members of the suspect’s family, who could have explained the situation were caught up in the fire incident and are receiving treatment in hospital.

Meanwhile, the suspect, according to the residents has submitted himself to the police at Gezawa.

Most of the victims were admitted and receiving treatment at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in the state capital.


Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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