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Sultan condemns Zamfara blasphemy killings

25 August 2016, 20:15

Sokoto - The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, an organisation led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has condemned the mob attack in Zamfara State which left eight people dead, following an alleged blasphemy on the Prophet of Islam.

The group said the attack was “most unfortunate”.

The incident occurred at a polytechnic in Talata Mafara.

The JNI said all Muslims should see themselves as faithful in the practice of the religion and not assume the position of judges to mete out punishment against anyone.

“The nasty behavior of some miscreants should not be misconstrued as the Islamic teaching,” the JNI said.

Abubakar, therefore, commiserates with “all the affected victims of the unfortunate incidence” and called on “respective predominant Muslim communities to be very wary and cautious of crafty art of blasphemy within or around their respective communities and learn to handle such matters with utmost caution no matter the provocations that may arise therefrom”.

The latest killings came two months after a mob beheaded Bridget Agbahime in Kano on allegations that she committed blasphemy in an open market.

Eight students according to News24 were burnt to death by a mob on Monday at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata Mafara, Zamfara state, following alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammed by a student of the college, reports Sahara Reporters.

The incident occurred when a male student was alleged to have committed blasphemy during an exchange of words with his friend, a Muslim adherent, which caused tension in the school.

When the accused saw the danger to his life, he ran to a house to hide himself.

However, his assailants forcefully gained entrance and set the house ablaze, killing their target and all the seven people inside,

- News 24

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