Gunmen Open Fire On Worshippers In Jos

Unknown gunmen reportedly opened fire on Muslim worshipers on Sunday in Bukuru area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, leaving three persons injured.

The incident was said to have happened at about 9pm when the Muslims were observing the Tarawi prayers, just immediately after breaking their fast.

It was gathered by Punch that two of the victims of the attack, Lawal Muhammad and Bashir Iliyasu, were still at the  Airforce hospital in Jos receiving treatment while the third victim had been discharged.

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A youth from the community, Isa Abubakar, said this is the fifth time such an attack is taking place in the area.

Confirming the incident, the Secretary, Bukuru Elders Committee, Bala Mohammed said, “Sometimes ago, a rocket launcher was shot at us from Gyel, then grenades were also thrown at us, there have also been persistent shootings in the community and we don’t know why they are attacking us.

“We, the Bukuru Elders Council, are calling on the Federal, state and local governments to intervene. We are also using this opportunity to call on the community leaders in Gyel to come forward for dialogue so that we know why they keep attacking us.”

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Also confirming the incident, the spokesman for the Special Task Force (STF), Capt. Ikedichi Iweha said the situation was brought under control by operatives of the task force.

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