At least 40 Muslims worshippers were abducted by armed bandits while observing Tahajjud, in Kastina state.
The worshippers were in the the midnight prayer which is observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Jibiya town of the State when the incident occured.
Residents of the town said that dozens of gunmen struck at the mosque around 2am on Monday and took away the worshippers.
It was gathered that the kidnappers initially picked 47 congregants, including women and children, but seven later returned.
A resident who preferred not to be named said:
“So far we established 40 people missing after the attack.”
Another eyewitness said:
“We were expecting them from the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida or Magama but this time 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,”
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