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One killed, several injured as Masquerades, Muslims clash in Osun

No fewer than one person has been confirmed dead while about 12 persons, including children sustained gunshot injuries after a clash between masquerade worshipers in Osogbo and some Muslims on Sunday.

The masquerade worshipers opened gunfire at the Muslims at their worship centre, Kamorudeen Central Mosque, located at Oluode Aranyin in Osogbo around 2:30 pm on Sunday while performing a special prayer for Nigeria.

DailyPost reports that some of the children who were shot at are under 17 years and are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

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

Trouble began after Kamorudeen Islamic Society of Nigeria organised a special prayer for Nation which was attended by its members across the state.

One of the victims at the hospital, Isiaka Ajagbe, 37, narrated that the traditional worshippers were led by one Kayode Esuleke.

He said that the masquerade and their worshipers under the protection of the police walked past the mosque before they returned and descended on them with stones.

“They were first throwing stones and also started firing guns at us. They destroyed the mosque. We are on our own.”

A child injured during the clash

The Imam of the mosque, Kazeem Yunus confirmed that the leader of the organisation in Iwo, Osun State, Moshood Salawudeen was shot in the head and gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital.

“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,” he added.

It is not yet clear what led to the provocation by the traditional worshippers as the police are yet to release a statement on the matter.

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