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Police In Katsina Say 10 Out Of 40 Abducted Worshippers, Still Missing

Ten persons out of 40, initially abducted by terrorists in Katsina state have not been accounted for.

Terrorists, locally known as bandits, around 2 a.m. WAT, Monday, May 10, abducted 40 Muslim worshippers observing tahajjud-midnight prayers in Jibia Local Government Area Of Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.

Gambo Isah, spokesperson of the Katsina State Police Command confirmed the incident to HumAngle in a telephone conversation.

“Bandits armed with AK47 rifles attacked worshippers observing their Tahajjud prayers at a newly built mosque in Jibia, the outskirts of Katsina state,” Isah informed HumAngle.

HumAngle learnt that 40 of the worshippers had been initially kidnapped by the terrorists, but a combined effort of the military, vigilantes, and community members led to the rescue of 30 abducted persons.

The police spokesperson revealed that 10 persons were discovered to be missing after a headcount was conducted. 

He added that the whereabouts of the missing 10 has not been ascertained, as they might have either made an escape or still be in captivity. Isah further stated that the bandits passed through Ambe, going through Tamburun, a notorious terrorist enclave in Zamfara State.

Meanwhile, a combined team of military and police forces are on the trails of the terrorists, in efforts to rescue the missing 10.

The Northwest region of Nigeria has come under incessant attacks by  terrorists who target villagers and educational institutions. 

In December 2020, more than 300 school children were abducted by terrorists in Katsina and released after days in captivity.

In April, news broke that 22 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, were kidnapped; days later five were killed while the fate of the rest still hangs in the balance.

Recently, the remaining 29 abducted students of the #Afaka College of Forestry and Mechanisation were released after almost two months in their abductors’ den.

Similarly, on Monday, May 10, the Nigerian military disclosed it has killed 48 terrorists in a series of operations in Zamfara rescuing 18 victims of terrorist activities.

In December 2020, about 300 schoolboys were kidnapped in Katsina state.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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