World Bulletin / News Desk
Gunmen opened fire on Muslim worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 20 people, a local official said.
The attack happened in a remote village called Dogo Dawa, in Kaduna state, said Abdullahi Muhammad, the traditional ruler and councillor of Birnin Gwari, a local government area next door to the village.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Abdulladhi said the attack was most likely carried out by a local criminal gang.
"We are suspecting a reprisal attack by gangs of armed robbers who lost some of their members after a recent exchange of fire with the villagers and the vigilantes," he said.
"The village had been terrorised by an armed group operating from camps in the forest. These armed men mostly attack villages and motorists along the busy Kaduna to Lagos highway."
The state police commissioner Olufemi Adenaike confirmed the incident, but said he could not yet confirm the death toll.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2012, 15:17