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Five traders believed to be from the South East of Nigeria were reportedly killed by some militants after they failed to recite the Holy Quran at the Madala Market in Niger state last week Thursday.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, the armed militants went straight to one of the lines owned by the traders and immediately ordered them to recite the Holy Quran of which they could not.
The militants unsatisfied then opened fire at close range, killing them. The five casualties have been identified as John Kalu, Oliver Ezemah, Uche Nguweze, Sunday Emmanuel while fifth casualty is yet to be identified.
The militants escaped before the Police arrived the scene of the incident. Niger State police Command spokesman ASP Richard Adamu Oguche while confirming the incident said the police was in search of the militants.