Bandits break into Katsina mosque, abduct 13 worshippers

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Six of the 19 worshippers abducted by bandits on Saturday night in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State have been rescued.

The victims were kidnapped around 7.40 pm on Saturday from a mosque at Maigamji community in the Funtua LGA.

Residents said the terrorists shot and wounded the chief Imam leading the prayers and one other worshipper during the attack before abducting the victims.

The spokesman for the state police command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the rescue of six of the victims, on Sunday, said 13 were still in custody of the kidnappers.

He said: “It’s true the attack took place. The terrorists stormed the mosque at Maigamji while people were observing Issaih prayers. They shot and injured the Imam and one other person. Those people are currently responding to treatment in the hospital. The terrorists also abducted some worshippers that night, but a combined team of the police and the vigilante rescued two of the victims that night. The security operatives also rescued four other victims on Sunday, making a total of six victims who have been rescued so far.

“Presently, 13 victims are still in the custody of the terrorists and our operatives are making serious efforts to ensure that they are rescued without any injury,” the PPRO added.