Gunmen shoot dead 16 worshippers in Nigeria

Gunmen in Nigeria’s Niger state have shot dead at least 16 worshippers in a mosque.

A number of others have been wounded in the attack in Ba’are village.

The attackers opened fire on the Muslim worshippers during early morning prayers on Wednesday, Niger state government official Ahmed Ibrahim Matane told the BBC.

He said the motorbike-riding gunmen also shot and killed one other person on the road as they zoomed off.

Residents have now deserted the remote community following the killings.

In neighbouring Katsina state, another group of gunmen have shot dead a senior government official at his residence.

Police say they’re investigating the killing of Rabe Nasir, the state commissioner of science and technology.

The region is grappling with a wave a kidnappings for ransom and killings by armed criminal gangs.

Earlier in the week, at least 23 travellers were ambushed by gunmen and burnt to death inside a bus in Sokoto state.

Source: bbc

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