Police confirms 11 children killed after van rams into religious procession in Gombe
Posted by News Express | 21 December 2016 | 1,333 times
At least 11 schoolchildren were killed Tuesday when a van rammed into a religious procession in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Gombe held to commemorate the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, police said.
Police spokesman Ahmed Usman said the death toll, initially at eight, was now at 11.
“At the moment, 11 children have been confirmed dead and buried in Malam Sidi,” Usman told Anadolu Agency on Wednesda.
“The children were taking part in what we understood was a Mawlid rally organised by various schools,” he added, saying 19 others were injured.
Mawlid refers to the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Nigeria had declared Monday Dec. 12 as a national holiday to commemorate the event but various Muslim groups, mostly Sufis, often hold Mawlid events for as long as possible until Ramadan.
Usman said the driver of the van was burned to death by a mob protesting the incident “allegedly because the man attempted to run away.”
He said two arrests have been made in relation to the mob attack while peace has been restored in the community which lies a few kilometres away from Gombe, the capital city of the eponymous state. (Anadolu Agency)