Zamfara: Bandits kill 5 worshippers, abduct Imam, 30 other congregants

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Suspected gunmen on five worshippers and abducted an Imam in Juma’at mosque in Dutsen Gari community Kanoma District Maru local area State.

Residents told Daily Trust that dozens unidentified gunmen arrived at the village on motorbikes when the Imam delivering the sermon and they opened fire on the congregants.

“There pandemonium as everyone scampering for safety. They abducted the Imam and more 30 others and dashed into the bush on motorbikes,” residents further said.

They said a fighter jet had arrived but they were not sure whether the aircraft had attacked the positions of the criminals but hovered for some times and flew away.

The armed criminals had earlier attacked Maje, Kunkurai and Zanau villages and rustled herds of cows and domestic animals before they invaded Dutsen Gari. The villages are few kilometers apart.

Another resident identified as Halilu Adamu said he had earlier been informed that armed criminals on motorcycles were approaching the community and he quickly got out of the mosque and locked himself inside his .

“I listening a sermon when elder brother came closer and whispered into ears that armed bandits are planning invade the community. From inside I could here gunshots.

younger brother is among those kidnapped and we are yet hear from the whether they are demanding for ransom or not. Most of the surrounding villages have been attacked with people kidnapped and animals rustled,” he added.

The spokesman of the command SP Muhammad Shehu could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report. (Daily Trust)