Mosque in Delta Attacked by Gunmen, Leaving Many Worshipers Injured In Ughelli

Early on Friday morning, just after the morning prayers had been observed, some unidentified criminals attacked one of the mosque in Ughelli at the Hausa Quarters. After the congregational prayers, they arrived in a car, equipped with firearms, and opened fire on the attendees who were doing various acts of worship.

Two of the fatalities and eleven significant injuries caused by the gunshots have already been transported to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital in Ogharra. The remaining 9 are patients in the Mariere Memorial Zonal Hospital in Ughelli.

Ughelli is a town in Delta State, Nigeria. It serves as the headquarters of Ughelli North local government area.

The attack took place at about 6.47 am when some Muslims were holding their morning prayers at the Central mosque, located along, a resident who spoke to Vanguard’s news agency on phone stated.

The resident who gave his name simply as Larry, said many residents were jolted from their sleep by gunshots followed by loud cries from people inside the mosque.

“My name is Larry, I am commercial vehicle driver here in Ughelli. I live very close to the central mosque, so this morning at about 6.45 am we heard shooting at the mosque.

According to him, after the invaders left, many residents thronged to the mosque in their numbers to see what happened.

He said residents helped to evacuate injured worshippers, adding that those that survived the attack suffered severe injuries.

Larry said that some of the worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen.

Only 11 worshipers were hurt in the incident, according to DSP Bright Edafe, a spokesperson for the Delta police, who confirmed it when contacted.

“I just called the DPO at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque.

“However, the police have commence investigation into the incident and we will update you as we work to unravel the culprits.

“For now, no arrest has been made but I can assure you that we will get those involved,” Edafe added.


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