MWANZA, (AA): Muslims in Tanzania’s northern Mwanza city fear for their lives following Wednesday deadly hacking of worshippers inside a mosque, head of a Muslim body said Friday.
Imam Feruz Ismail, aged 27, and two other people were hacked to death Wednesday during the time of evening prayers at the Masjid Rahmani mosque in Nyamagana district’s Mkolani area.
Two survivors told Anadolu Agency at the crime scene that the attackers had displayed a black flag with Arabic inscription in white color.
Abubakar Makabwe, one of the survivors, said: “They attackers were about 15 [in number] and had covered their faces when they stormed into the mosque, switching off the lights before ordering children to walk out through back door usually used by women.”
“Before they began hacking those who were in the mosque, a person who seemed to be in charge, who according to the voice it’s obvious she was a woman, called the imam to step forward before she ordered other fellow [attackers] to hack him to death,” Makabwe said.