During the Laylatul Qadr prayer, gunmen accused of being bandits attacked a mosque in Katsina province, abducting at least 40 worshippers.
The Night of Decree or Night of Power, also known as Laylatul Qadr, is one of the most sacred nights in the Islamic calendar. It occurs during the last ten days of Ramadan and commemorates the night when the Prophet Muhammad received the Qur’an (SAW).
Around 12 a.m., the incident occurred in Kwata, Jibia Local Government Area of the state.
Despite being President Muhammadu Buhari’s home province, Katsina has seen occasional attacks by bandits and kidnappers that have claimed many lives.
Gunmen are said to have killed over 300 people in the Jibia, Kankara, Dutsinma, Musawa, Danmusa, and Safana local government areas.
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On December 11, 2020, 344 students from Kankara’s Government Science Secondary School were abducted by bandits. A week later, they were released.
84 Islamiyya students from Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta village, Dandume Local Government Area, were also kidnapped on December 19, 2020, but were rescued shortly after.