40 worshippers abducted during midnight prayer in Katsina as armed bandits attack mosque

A minimum of 40 people have been abducted at a mosque in Jibiya town, Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State by armed bandits.

Reports have it that while the worshippers were observing Tahajjud, a midnight prayer observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, bandit stormed the mosque.

Residents of the town told Daily Nigerian that dozens of gunmen struck at the mosque around 2 AM on Monday, May 10, and whisked away some worshippers.

It was further gathered that the kidnappers initially picked 47 congregants, including women and children, but seven later returned.

“So far we established 40 people missing after the attack,” a resident said

Another resident, Lawal Jibiya, said neighboring villagers had alerted them about the impending attack after sighting the bandits heading towards the town.

He said hundreds of youths and members of the local vigilante were on alert but the bandits changed their route and entered the town from the western entry point.

“We were expecting them from the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida or Magama but this time they proceeded beyond the town and camped at Jibawa.

“From Jibawa they then went round to the western entry point near Yunusa Dantauri Hospital and attacked a mosque on the outskirt of the town,” the witness added.

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