World Bulletin / News Desk
Gunmen opened fire on worshippers at a mosque near northern Nigeria's main city of Kano, killing three of them and wounding 12 as they prayed, witnesses and police said on Wednesday.
Police spokesman Musa Majiya declined to speculate on who was behind Tuesday night's attack in Kwankwaso village, about 30 km from Kano and home of Kano state governor Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso. Criminal gangs operate in the area.
"We were inside the mosque praying when we heard gunshots just as we were almost finishing the prayer," witness Adamu Inuwa said, speaking by telephone from a hospital bed where he was nursing a gunshot wound.
"It was terrible. They were shouting 'Allah akbar' (God is Greatest) and shooting sporadically everywhere. I escaped through the fence."
There is a patchwork of criminal gangs loosely associated with the rebels who take advantage of northern Nigeria's security vacuum to rob and kill.
Some are connected to local politicians.
"I don't know why Boko Haram would attack the hometown of the state governor," said the governor's special assistant Suleiman Iliya, pointing out that the governor defected to the opposition last month. "I think maybe the attack was political."
Political violence is expected to increase this year, ahead of closely fought presidential and regional elections in 2015.Last Mod: 08 Ocak 2014, 14:06