Five people were reportedly killed when a mob attacked a mosque in Benin, Edo State, yesterday, forcing thousands of Muslims to flee the area. A group of youths tried to attack a Hausa community leader’s house but it was defended by Hausa youths and the police then intervened. An Islamic school operated by the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) was also attacked and a school bus burnt down. The Chief Imam of Benin central mosque, Abdulfatah Enabulele, confirmed the attack, saying the youths came at around 12pm yesterday and set the mosque on fire. But the Imam didn’t confirm any deaths. He said the Benin central mosque comprehensive school, library, office of the Imam, generator and two motorcycles were burnt during the attack. He urged the government at all levels to protect its citizens, both Christians and Muslims. The Edo State Police commissioner David Omojola also confirmed the attack but said the fire was quickly put off and some arrests were made. A leader of the Hausa community in Benin told the BBC’s Hausa Service that 7,000 northerners were seeking refuge in police and army barracks in the city.