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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Kano mosque attack: Death toll rises to 15

Kano mosque attack: Death toll rises to 15

The Kano State Police Command has confirmed the death of 15 people in a mosque attack in Gadan village, Gezawa Local Government Area.

On Wednesday, a man allegedly set fire to the mosque by sprinkling petrol inside and locking the doors, trapping worshippers.

Initially, the police reported that 11 people had died, including those receiving treatment at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano.

However, the death toll has since risen to 15.

The police spokesman in the state, Abdullahi Haruna, said on Thursday had said that “The suspect is Shafi’u Abubakar, aged 38, who said his action was purely in hostility, following a prolonged family disagreement over sharing of inheritance of which those that he alleged to have cheated on him were in the mosque at that moment and he did that for his voice to be heard.”

However, the Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Friday that so far, 15 out of the 24 victims of the incident died.

Gumel said that the incident occurred during a dawn prayer at the mosque.

The suspect, Shafi’u Abubakar, is said to be in police custody.

The commissioner said the investigation was still ongoing.

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