Twelve Muslim worshippers have been abducted by bandits while observing Tahajjud at a mosque located in the outskirt of Jibiya town of Katsina State.
Tahajjud is a midnight prayer observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
A resident of the affected community, Mallam Fahad Mukhtar confirmed the abduction revealing the gunmen arrived at the mosque around 2:am on Monday shooting sporadically and abducted the worshippers, numbering 12 and took them into the forest.
Mukhtar, however, said residents of the community had earlier been warned of the attack.
“Prior to their coming, people were informed on so many WhatsApp platforms that there might be an attack around 12:am.”
“Our leaders and sponsors of the insecurity in our country should recall that there will be a day of judgement,” he said.
Mukhtar however said there had been series of bandit attacks in the area. He said this recent attack follows an earlier attack where 40 worshippers were kidnapped and 28 managed to escape.
Another resident of the area, Muhammadu Sani also confirmed that the bandits had earlier abducted about forty worshippers.
Police authorities in the state are yet to react to the incident.