13 Taken Hostage after attack on Nigerian Mosque


Armed men attacked a mosque in northern Nigeria. Thirteen people were taken hostage, two others were injured and taken to hospital.

13 people are being held hostage by gunmen who attacked the mosque where they were gathered to pray in Katsina State, northwestern Nigeria, police said on Sunday.

Late on Saturday evening, armed men “attacked the mosque in the village of Maigamji [in the district of Funtua] and abducted 19 worshipers after shooting and wounding the imam and another worshiper” during evening prayer, said Gambo Isah, spokesman for the Katsina state police. “Our men pursued the bandits and managed to rescue six of the worshipers from their captors while efforts are underway to free the remaining 13,” he added.

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