Nigeria: gunmen kill at least 18 outside Dogo Dawa mosque


A picture taken on June 17, 2012 shows burnt cars in front of a mosque after an attack in Kaduna, Nigeria.


Victor Ulasi

At least 18 people were gunned down outside a mosque in northern Nigeria today, a village elder told CNN

The Nigerian Red Cross are on their way to the scene of the crime in the tiny town of Dogon Dawa, said local chief Suleiman Zuberu, according to CNN

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No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but local officials told Reuters they suspect it was the work of a criminal gang. 

The village of Dogon Dawa is located in the northern Kaduna state, an area battling an Islamic insurgency and part of the "Middle Belt" diving the country's mostly Muslim north and its predominantly Christian south, according to Reuters.