Death toll of arsonist’s attack on Nigerian mosque rises to 11

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Death toll of arsonist's attack on Nigerian mosque rises to 11

At least five more people have died following a suspected arson attack on a local mosque in Nigeria's northern state of Kano, the police said Thursday while confirming a rise in the death toll from six to 11, reported Xinhua.

Victims sustained varying degrees of burn and were rushed to a hospital for treatment after the incident Wednesday morning in Gadan village of the Gezawa local government area, Usaini Gumel, the police chief in Kano, earlier told Xinhua by telephone.

The death toll rose Thursday morning when more injured victims died in a local hospital, Abdullahi Kiyawa, the police spokesman in that state, told reporters Thursday afternoon. Thirteen more victims are still being treated at the hospital.

A 38-year-old man identified as Shafi'u Abubakar has been arrested as the suspected arsonist, the police said, noting that the suspect allegedly used petrol to ignite the fire, which set the worshipers ablaze during dawn prayers at the mosque.

The police have started an investigation into the incident, but a preliminary probe revealed the motive behind the attack was "a family conflict over inheritance sharing."


  1. Aisha Smith says

    It’s truly devastating to hear about this senseless attack on innocent worshipers. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. It’s a reminder of the importance of promoting peace and resolving conflicts peacefully. Justice must be served for those affected by this tragedy.

  2. Emily Smith says

    It’s truly heartbreaking to hear about such a senseless and tragic attack on innocent worshipers. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. It’s essential that the authorities conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that justice is served for those who lost their lives in this horrific incident.

  3. Megan85 says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the escalating death toll in this tragic incident. My thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. It’s troubling that such violence stemmed from a family dispute. Let’s hope for justice and peace in the aftermath of this senseless act of arson.

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