By Citizens Platform
News mediums were awashed with news of an alleged attack on worshippers yesterday in Maiduguri, but the Joint Task Force JTF has denied the incident. The news reports, pointed to an attack at El-Amin Daggash Mosque in Maiduguri during the Ramadan sermon.There was rumour of reported attack on the Mosque by some gunmen who open fire on worshippers but the JTF spokesman, Lt Col Sagir Musa said no mosque was attacked. In a statement made available to journalists he said ‘’ The Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Restore Order wishes to clear the air on what happened at the vicinity of El-Amin Daggash Mosque in GRA, Maiduguri on Saturday 20, July 2013. The incident was not a terrorist attack as no worship centre in Borno state was attack in recent time.’’
According to him, there was pandemonium when a policeman pursued someone who allegedly stole a tricycle and a bag of rice to the vicinity of the mosque.
He said the policeman who was in plain clothes pursued the alleged thief to the vicinity of the mosque and fired two shots which created pandemonium in the area when Ramadan preaching was going on at the mosque.
The JTF spokesman said, “The firing by the policeman attracted the attention of worshippers including youth vigilante group that were within and around the mosque. As a result, there was pandemonium that led to the death of a minor while three others sustained injuries.”
According to him, the youth vigilante group popularly known as “civilian JTF” tried to lynch the policeman but he was rescued by the JTF who took him away.
Source: Citizens Platform
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