Crime & Society

Troops avert deadly attack on worshippers at Katsina mosque

What could have been a bloody attack on worshippers at Magama Central Mosque in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State by bandits, have been averted by troops of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, the Military has said.

The heavily armed bandits targeted the locals who were observing the late night Ramadan prayers.

In statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the bandits came in large number, shooting sporadically but were repelled by a joint team of troops and policemen deployed to the town based on credible intelligence about the attack.

According to the statement, the fleeing bandits however attacked another mosque at the outskirts of the town where they abducted worshippers.

But it added the troops pursued the fleeing bandits fleeing and rescued some of the victims after a heavy gun fight.

The statement reads: “Troops of 17 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Police Force averted a planned attack by armed bandits on Magama Central Mosque in Jibia LGA of Katsina State where several locals had gone to observe the late night Ramadan prayers.

“The incident which occurred in the early morning hours of 10 May 2021 witnessed a large number of bandits who came firing sporadically in an attempt to distrupt the prayers and abduct innocent worshippers were forced to withdraw in disarray as they were met with overwhelming firepower from a combined team comprising troops and police personnel who were tactically deployed in the town following earlier Intelligence received on the planned attack.

“However, while the troops maintained vigilance to forestall further attack on the mosque, the fleeing criminals whose main intent was not actualised while retreating decided to raid a local mosque at the outskirts of Jibia Town where they kidnapped some persons.

“On getting the information, the combined team mounted a pursuit on the bandits, forcing them to abandon most of the hostages while fleeing with an unknown number.

“The rescued victims have since been reunited with their families while further efforts are ongoing to rescue the others in collaboration with neighbouring military establishments including those of Niger Republic.

“Late night prayers are very common among the Muslim faithfuls particularly in the last days of the Holy Ramadan season. The situation in Jibia is under control as reinforcements have since arrived the area in order to facilitate the rescue efforts.

“The local inhabitants are advised to go ahead with their normal business and report any suspicious activity to the security agency nearest to them”. The Nation.

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