Bandits reportedly abducted dozens of worshippers from a Jumuat Mosque in Zugu community of Gummi local government area of Zamfara State.
According to Daily Trust, residents said the armed bandits on Friday stormed the mosque when the Imam was about to start delivering the sermon.
They added that the bandits hid their guns inside their clothes and told those outside the mosque to go inside.
One of the residents who simply identified himself as Abubakar said, “When they laid siege, they asked those outside to go into the mosque told worshippers that they had come to negotiate the release of some captives with them.
“No one saw them with guns and many people mistook them for worshippers. Nobody paid attention to them because they hid their guns. However, shortly after they moved inside the mosque, they brought out the rifles and fired some warning shots. They herded the congregants in to bush but some of the worshippers managed to scramble out of the mosque to safety. The muezzin was among those kidnapped but the Imam was able to escape the assault.
“Some those who were outside the mosque were also abducted because unknown to them that some armed men took positions outside. They fired several gunshots into the air and then moved to forest with the captives.”
The state police spokesman, SP Muhammad Shehu, said he had not received any report about the attack at the time of filling this report.