President Buhari says the killing of Muslim travellers was ‘prearranged’

president buhari says the killing of muslim travellers was 'prearranged'
president buhari says the killing of muslim travellers was ‘prearranged’

25 people were killed after returning from a Muslim festival in Nigeria in an ambush for which suspects have already been arrested, officials said on Sunday.

Africa’s largest nation is marked by deadly violence, with armed attackers and kidnappers targeting travellers on its roads. READ MORE

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned Saturday’s ambush of buses returning from a religious festival in nearby Bauchi state in central Plateau state. 

The attack on the state capital Jos was unclear, but some media speculated that a Christian militia was responsible.

"It is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers, not an opportunist ambush," Buhari said.

"A direct, brazen and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their rights to travel freely and to follow the faith of their choosing."

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong said security agencies had arrested 20 suspects and imposed a 6 a.m.-6 p.m. curfew in the area due to fear of reprisals.

"This is purely a criminal conduct and should not be given any ethnic or religious colouration," he said.
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