A mosque was attacked by gunmen during morning prayers in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing 18 worshipers. Local officials and police gave this information. The attack took place in the village of Mazakuka in the Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger, in the country. The attackers are suspected to be from the ethnic Fulani nomadic pastoral community, who fled the spot after the incident.
Hundreds of people have lost their lives so far this year in similar ethnic violence. These incidents of caste violence are the result of the decades-long conflict over the issue of water and land in the country. Some members of the Fulani community who became victims of the struggle have taken up arms against the people of the local Hausa farming community.
Alhasan Isah, president of the Mashegu Local Government Area, told AP news agency that the attackers surrounded the mosque and opened fire. He said four other people were also injured in the attack. Niger Police Commissioner Kuryas said on Monday that the attack was linked to a clash between villagers and the Fulani shepherd community.