Gunmen kidnapped 40 worshippers during Ramadan prayers in Nigeria

By Rek Hanibal Published on May 12, 2021
Gunmen kidnapped  40 worshippers during Ramadan prayers in Nigeria

Shooters have abducted some 40 worshippers from a mosque during overnight Ramadan prayers in Jibiya, police in the north-western Nigerian state of Katsina says. The incident happened on Sunday night according to a police spokesperson in the state Gambo Isiah.

 A combined team of local vigilantes, the police and soldiers, immediately chased the gunmen and rescued about 30 of the captives. He said 10 people had not yet been accounted for. Worshippers had gathered in the mosque observing overnight special prayers known as Tahajjud.

Which Muslims usually observed during the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan. The abductors stormed the mosque, opening fire and seizing dozens of people. Kidnapping for ransom by armed criminal gangs is common in Nigeria, with Katsina being one of the worst-affected states.

Rek Hanibal

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