KANO, Nigeria (AP) - Gunmen shouting "God is great" fired into worshippers at a mosque in the village of the powerful governor of northern Kano state, witnesses said Wednesday. Police said three people were killed.
It was unclear if the attack was staged by
suspected Islamic extremists or signals growing violence in political
infighting ahead of presidential elections next year in Africa's biggest
Survivor Yusuf Ibrahim Kwankwaso said gunmen stormed Kwankwaso
village mosque Tuesday night and shouted "Allahu'akbar" as they sprayed
gunfire into worshippers, who included the governor's elderly father. He
escaped unhurt. Kwankwaso is 30 kilometers (20 miles) outside Kano,
Nigeria's second largest city, and bears the same name as Gov. Rabiu
Yusuf Kwankwaso, who is not related to the
governor, said three people died at the scene and a dozen suffering
bullet wounds were taken to Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.