Over 40 abducted during vigil in Katsina mosque

Some suspected bandits in the wee hours of today attacked a Mosque in Kwata, Jibia Local Government Area of Kastina State, abducting over 40 worshippers during the attack.

The incident occurred at about 12am on Monday morning during the Laylatul Qadr prayer.


The Laylatul Qadr prayer which is the Night of Decree or Night of Power, is one of the most sacred nights in the Islamic calendar.

Confirming the incident, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Gambo Ishaka said that 30 of the abductees have been rescued by the joint security operatives.

According to the PPRO: “The report is true. Hoodlums attacked a Mosque in Kwata and abducted over 40 persons but we were able to rescue 30 of them.

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“But these remaining ten, I can not vividly say they are kidnapped or probably ran somewhere within the location for safety during the attack.

“It was after we conducted headcount this morning that we discovered that about ten villagers are still missing.

“But hopefully, we going to find them. The operation is still ongoing.

“As I’m speaking to you, military and police are after these hoodlums, we have found out that they are heading towards Ambe and Tumburun in Zamfara State which is the hideout of the criminal elements.

“Investigation is on top gear to ensure the remaining ten are rescued and the criminals are brought to book.

“No life was lost during the attack”.

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