Gunmen Disrupt Prayers, Kidnap Three In Mosque

By NewsBits

Three worshippers at a mosque in Ughelli, Delta State were on Friday abducted when some suspected armed herdsmen reportedly invaded the mosque, located along Okoroda Street in the town.

It was gathered that the incident, which happened at about 6.45am, left about 11 other worshippers injured. A commercial driver resident in the community, who gave his name simply as Larry, said the attack took place right in the middle of prayers by the Muslim faithful.

Larry said: “Many residents were jolted from their sleep by gunshots followed by loud cries from people inside the mosque. People in my compound were so frightened that nobody could come out. We were only peeping through our windows. While the shooting lasted, we heard loud cries from some worshippers inside the mosque.”

Larry said after the invaders left, many residents thronged the mosque and were able to take injured worshippers to hospital.

“The worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen,” he added.When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer , DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack. The PPRO also confirmed that 11 worshippers were injured but said he couldn’t tell the number abducted.

“I just called the DPO at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque. Police have commenced investigation into the incident to unravel the culprits. For now, no arrest has been made.”

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