Gunmen kill 5, kidnap 40 in attack on mosque

When armed gunmen stormed a mosque in northwestern Nigeria, at least five worshippers were killed and 40 others abducted, local media announced Sunday.

There was an attack by armed gangs at a mosque in Zamfara state. Among those allegedly abducted was the imam.

The spokesman for the Zamfara State Police, Muhammad Shehu, said security forces had been deployed to the area, and an investigation had been launched.

The northwest of the country sees sporadic conflicts between the Fulani herders, one of the largest ethnic groups widely spread in West Africa, and sedentary neighbouring tribes.

The Fulani, who have migrated south to graze their livestock, say that farmers have tried to steal their livestock and attack their people.

Often, armed groups take advantage of tensions and arrange attacks.

Almost 2,000 people in the area have lost their lives, while thousands have been displaced.

More than 2,000 participants laid down their arms following the signing of “cessation of hostilities” agreements by various parties in August 2019.

Source The Gazette Nigeria