At least 40 worshippers, have been reportedly abducted by gunmen suspected to be bandits, in a mosque in Katsina state, during the Laylatul Qadr prayer.
It was gathered that the incident happened around midnight on Sunday, May 9, in Kwata Jibia Local Government Area of the state.
The Laylatul Qadr, is one of the most sacred nights in the Islamic calendar. It is also referred to as ‘The Night of Decree or Night of Power’, It takes place in the last ten days of Ramadan and it was the night in which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Recall that in December, 2020, some bandits kidnapped 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara. They were released about a week later.
Also, 84 Islamiyya students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta village, Dandume Local Government Area of the state were also kidnapped but rescued shortly after.
Katsina state, which is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, has witnessed sporadic attacks by bandits and kidnappers that have claimed the lives of many within a short period.