About 47 Muslim worshippers made up of men, women and children were kidnapped from a mosque in Jibiya, Kastina State early this morning.
According to a report on Daily Nigerian, the worshippers were observing Tahaiud, a midnight prayer often observed by Muslims during Ramadan when the bandits struck.
The bandits arrived the mosque around 2am on Monday morning, whisked away 47 worshippersto an unknown destination, however seven of the abducted worshippers managed to escape from the kidnappers.
A resident, Lawal Jibiya, was quoted to have said that the residents were alerted to the movement of the bandits by neighboring villagers and hundreds of youths and local vigilante were waiting for them at the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida, and Magama.
He said that the bandits however changed route and entered the community through the western point around Yunusa Dantauri Hospital before attacking the mosque located on the outskirts of the community.
The resident said that the bandits did not fire a single shot until they finished their operation.
As of the time of filing this report, the Katsina State Police Command is yet to confirm the attack and abduction of the 40 worshippers.