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Delta: Gunmen attack mosque, many injured, three kidnapped

Unidentified gunmen early Friday morning attacked a mosque in Ughelli, Delta State, leaving 11 worshippers injured.

A resident confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone in the early hours of Friday.

The resident said the attack took place at about 6:47am when some Muslim faithful were holding their morning prayers at the Central Mosque, located along Okoroda Street in Ughelli.

The resident, who gave his name simply as Larry, said many residents were jolted from their sleep by gunshots followed by loud cries from people inside the mosque.

He said: “My name is Larry.

“I am a commercial vehicle driver here in Ughelli.

“I live very close to the Central Mosque.

“So this morning at about 6:45am we heard shooting at the mosque.

“Because of fear, many people in my compound were frightened and we remained inside, only peeping through our windows.

“As the shooting lasted, we heard loud cries from some worshippers inside the mosque.”

According to Larry, after the invaders left, many residents trooped to the mosque in their numbers to see what happened.

He said residents helped to evacuate injured worshippers, adding that those who survived the attack suffered severe injuries.

Larry said that some of the worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack to NAN but said that only 11 worshippers were injured in the attack.

He, however, did not confirm the abduction of three worshippers.

Edafe said: “I just called the DPO (Divisional Police Officer) at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque.

“However, the police have commenced investigation into the incident and we will update you as we work to unravel the culprits.

“For now, no arrest has been made, but I can assure you that we will get those involved.”

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