Many injured, as 38-year-old sets mosque ablaze

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Police operatives in Kano State have arrested one Shafi’u Abubakar, 38, who allegedly set a mosque ablaze and trapped worshipers inside the building at Laraba Abasawa in Gezawa LGA of the state.

It was gathered that about 40 worshippers were praying when Shafi’u used petrol to ignite the fire, trapping them inside the mosque by locking the door of the building to prevent them from escaping the inferno.

The attack which occurred on Wednesday morning, May 15, left 24 persons with different degrees of burns. The rescued victims were later rushed to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano, where they were receiving treatment.

According to the statement, “The principal suspect has been identified and arrested, he is Shafi’u Abubakar aged 38 years who said his action was purely in hostility following prolonged family disagreement over sharing of inheritance of which those that he alleged to have ch£ated on him were in the mosque at that moment and he did that for his voice to be heard.”


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