Multiple local sources including a former councilor in Maigamji district, Katsina State, , has confirmed that some unidentified hoodlums suspected to be bandits has attacked a mosque in the State, Northwest Nigeria on Saturday, shooting some and abducting others.
Reports claim that the terrorists disrupted Ishaa’i prayer during the attack on the mosque in President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state.
The mosque is in Maigamji village, along Funtua-Dandume Road in the Funtua Local Government Area of the state.
A former councillor of Maigamji ward, Alhaji Lawal Maigamji, said the assailants shot two people including the Imam leading the prayers, Daily Trust reports.
He identified those who were shot as the Imam, Malam Yusha’u and worshipper, Hussaini Jamo, saying they were receiving treatment at a hospital in Funtua.
“They surrounded the mosque when Ishaa’i congregational prayer was being conducted. After shooting Imam Yusha’u and Hussaini Jamo, they abducted 18 people and made away with them into the bush,” Maigamji said.
He, however, said four of the abducted persons later escaped from their captors while in transit.
Last Friday, at least 31 people were reportedly abducted in Karare and Kokiya villages of Batsari Local Government Area of the state.
IsL source, SaharaReporters gathered that about 40 terrorists riding on motorcycles reportedly invaded the villages, killing one person and abducting many victims, including women and children.
The chairman of Batsari Local Government Area, Yusuf Yanji, confirmed the abduction of residents to Daily Trust but dismissed reports that they were students.