Eight people have been confirmed dead after an angry Muslim mob set ablaze the home of a fellow Muslim who tried to save a Christian student.
The incident which occurred on Monday, August 22 in the Northern town of Talata Mafara, Zamfara state was incited after the Christian was accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
Police spokesman Shehu Mohammed said, “the mob of Muslim students in the town of Talata Mafara were enraged over alleged derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed by their Christian schoolmate, who they attacked.”
“The victim was later rescued by a passerby, a Muslim who rushed him to the police station for safety,” Shehu stated. “The mob then burned down the house of the rescuer with eight people inside.”
“The man who rescued the student and his wife were not among the dead,” he concluded.
A dusk-till-dawn curfew has been imposed in the town. The school has also been closed for now in order to curb further conflict.