- At least 30 persons including an Imam have been kidnapped in Zamafara state
- The victims were abducted from Juma’at mosque on Friday, November 20
- The unknown gunmen reportedly opened fire and killed 5 worshippers
A report by Daily Trust indicates that at least 5 worshippers were killed on Friday, November 20 and over 30 others abducted when suspected gunmen invaded a mosque in Zamfara state.
The unknown gunmen also abducted an Imam while delivering a sermon at Juma’at mosque around Dutsen Gari community of Kanoma District of Maru local government area of the state.
Residents quoted in the report said that unidentified gunmen numbering about dozens arrived at the village on motorbikes and opened fire on the worshippers.
It was gathered that they dashed into the bush after abducting the Imam and more than 30 others.
The residents went on to note that a military fighter jet had arrived but were not sure if the aircraft had attacked the positions of the criminals.
A resident of the community, simply identified as Halilu Adamu said he quickly got out of the mosque and locked himself inside his house after receiving information that armed criminals on were going to invade the area.
“My younger brother is among those kidnapped and we are yet to hear from the abductors whether they are demanding for ransom or not. Most of the surrounding villages have been attacked with people kidnapped and animals rustled.”
Similarly, gunmen invaded a mosque at Gwargwada-Sabo community in Gadabuke development area of Nasarawa state and abducted 17 persons.
A library staff member at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, three women and 13 other male adults are the victims of the abductors.
A resident identified as Usman, said the incident happened on Tuesday night, October 27, when Muslims of the community were observing Isha’i prayer.
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