Early on Friday, unidentified gunmen attacked a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state, inflicting injuries on 11 worshipers.
The attack took place at the Central Mosque, which is located along Okoroda street in Ughelli, at around 6.47 am, according to a resident who spoke by phone to the ejesgist.com.
The resident, who gave his name as Larry, claimed that numerous residents had been startled out of their sleep by gunshots followed by shrill cries coming from the mosque.
“My name is Larry,” he said. Here in Ughelli, I drive a commercial vehicle. I am located not far from the main mosque. We heard gunfire at the mosque this morning around 6.45 a.m.
“Many people in my compound were terrified, so we stayed inside and only peered out the windows.
As the shooting continued, we overheard some mosque worshipers screaming loudly.
He claims that after the invaders left, a large number of locals flocked to the mosque in order to observe what had transpired.
Residents, he claimed, assisted in evacuating injured worshipers, and those who survived the attack sustained serious wounds.
According to Larry, some of the worshipers told the locals that the gunmen had abducted three of their fellow worshipers.
When contacted DSP Bright Edafe, the Delta police spokesperson, confirmed the attack but claimed that only 11 worshipers had been hurt.
He did not, however, confirm the kidnapping of the three worshipers.
“I just called the Ughelli DPO, and he confirmed that the mosque attack injured 11 people.
“The police have started an investigation into the incident, though, and we will keep you informed as we track down the perpetrators.
No one has been arrested as of yet, but we will find those responsible, Edafe promised.