Bandits in Katsina kidnap 40 Muslim worshippers during prayers

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•The after the attack. PHOTO: DAILY .

No fewer than 40 worshippers were abducted by armed bandits while observing Tahajjud, a kind of midnight prayer observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, at a in Jibiya town of Katsina , Daily

Residents of the town told our correspondent dozens of gunmen struck at the around 2am on Monday and took away the worshippers.

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

“So far we established 40 missing after the attack,” said a who preferred not to be named.

Another who volunteered statement, Lawal Jibiya, said neighboring villagers alerted them about the impending attack, after sighting the movements of the bandits heading towards the town.

He said hundreds of and local vigilante group in the town were on alert and ready to confront the bandits, but the assailants changed their route and entered the town from the western entry point.

“We were expecting them from the eastern entry point Daddara, Kukar Babangida or Magama but this 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 said.

According to him, the bandits did not fire a single shot until they finished the . (DAILY )