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Gunmen kidnap worshippers in Nigeria mosque assault

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Gunmen kidnapped 19 Muslim worshippers after attacking a mosque within the restive northwest of Nigeria, police mentioned Sunday (November 4).

The attackers stormed the mosque in Maigamji village, in Katsina state, throughout night prayers Saturday and carried out the kidnappings after capturing and wounding the imam and one other worshipper mentioned native police spokesman Gambo Isah.

“Our males went after the bandits and managed to rescue six of the worshippers from their abductors whereas efforts are underway to free the opposite 13,” he added.

The 2 injured persons are being handled at a hospital, the spokesman mentioned.

Felony gangs identified regionally as “bandits” function in northwestern and central Nigeria, the place they terrorise folks, assault and loot villages, killing many.

These armed gangs additionally perform many kidnappings for ransom however not often goal locations of worship, as an alternative focusing on faculties or travellers on the roads.

Hostages are often launched after paying ransom to the gangs who take refuge within the huge Rugu forest, which straddles Zamfara, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states.

In November, 15 folks have been killed and several other others injured in a number of bandit assaults on villages in neighbouring Kaduna state, in response to authorities.

President Muhammadu Buhari is underneath fireplace after two phrases in workplace marked by rising insecurity, two and a half months earlier than the presidential election wherein he is not going to stand for re-election, in accordance with the Structure.