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1 dead, others injured as masquerades attack Muslims in Osun

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One person has been confirmed dead while 12 including children have sustained gunshot injuries in a clash that ensued between masquerades and some Muslims in Osogbo.

According to the Daily Post, the masquerade worshipers opened gunfire on the Muslims at their worship centre, Kamorudeen Central Mosque, in Osogbo around 2:30 pm on Sunday while performing a special prayer for Nigeria.

Most of the victims are undergoing treatment in Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

A Camry car and mosque windows were destroyed in the clash.

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It was gathered that Kamorudeen Islamic Society of Nigeria organised a special prayer for the Nation which was attended by members of the organisation across the state.

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According to one of the victims, Isiaka Ajagbe, 37, the masquerades were led by one Kayode Esuleke.

Mr Ajagbe claimed that the masquerade and their worshipers under the protection of the police, walked past the mosque before they returned and descended on worshippers with stones.

“They were first throwing stones and also started firing guns at us.

“They destroyed the mosque.

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“We are on our own,” he lamented.

The Imam of the mosque, Kazeem Yunus, confirmed that the leader of the organisation in Iwo, Osun State, Moshood Salawudeen, died due to a gunshot to the head.

“Some of our members, about 12 who sustained bullet injuries have been taken to Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro; Osogbo central hospital and UNIOSUN central hospital while the corpse has been deposited at UNIOSUN teaching hospital mortuary,” the Imam added.

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