Gunmen in northern Nigeria kill 18 Muslim worshippers at mosque
At least 18 worshippers were killed by gunmen who attacked a mosque in northern Nigeria during early morning prayers Monday, local authorities and police said.
The attackers arrived in the Maza-Kuka community of Mashegu local government area at roughly 5 am, residents told media outlets.
The attackers, believed to be ethnic Fulani nomadic herders, were able to escape.
Niger police commissioner Monday Kuryas said the attack was related to the conflict between the local Hausa villagers and Fulani herders.
The latest attack is another example of the troubled security situation in most states in Nigeria’s northwest and central regions. The northwest in particular has been witnessing a spike in deadly violence.
In June, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged that he has failed to end insecurity in Africa’s most populous country, a promise he made when he was elected in 2015.
Armed violence and presence of terrorist groups in Africa has been an excuse for global powers to re-enter these countries. This was seen in the French military intervention in Mali and the US military campaign in Somalia.