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Man locks in worshippers after setting mosque on fire in Kano

An unidentified man has set fire to a mosque during the early hours of Wednesday at  Laraba Abasawa, in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.

The arson was reportedly carried out while worshippers were observing the Subh prayer, resulting in harm to members of the community.

According to reports by Daily Trust, the assailant used petrol to ignite the fire, trapping approximately 40 worshippers inside the mosque. The perpetrator then locked the mosque, exacerbating the situation and hindering the victims’ escape.

A member of the community, who preferred to remain anonymous, recounted the harrowing ordeal, stating that it took some time for people outside to become aware of the incident and rescue those trapped inside.

“Eventually, bystanders managed to break open the mosque’s doors and rescue the worshippers,” the source said.

No less than 20 worshippers sustained serious injuries in the attack and were promptly rushed to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano for medical treatment.

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The incident has reportedly shocked the community, raising concerns about the safety and security of religious institutions in the region.

“Authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and apprehend the perpetrator to ensure justice is served and prevent similar incidents in the future,” the source said.

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