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Tragic Toll Rises: Suspected Arson Attack on Nigerian Mosque Claims More Lives

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  • The police confirmed Thursday that the death toll from a suspected arson attack on a local mosque in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano has risen from six to 11, with at least five more people succumbing to their injuries.
  • Abdullahi Kiyawa, the police spokesman in the state, updated reporters Thursday afternoon, revealing that the death toll increased further as more injured victims passed away in a local hospital.

The police confirmed Thursday that the death toll from a suspected arson attack on a local mosque in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano has risen from six to 11, with at least five more people succumbing to their injuries.

Usaini Gumel, Kano’s police chief, stated earlier that victims with varying degrees of burns were rushed to a hospital in Gadan village, Gezawa local government area, for treatment following the Wednesday morning incident.

Abdullahi Kiyawa, the police spokesman in the state, updated reporters Thursday afternoon, revealing that the death toll increased further as more injured victims passed away in a local hospital. Additionally, thirteen victims remain under treatment.

The police have arrested Shafi’u Abubakar, a 38-year-old man suspected of being the arsonist. It’s alleged that he used petrol to start the fire, which engulfed worshipers during dawn prayers at the mosque.

Although investigations are ongoing, initial findings suggest that the motive behind the attack stemmed from a family conflict over inheritance sharing.

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