Taraba: Gunmen abduct worshippers inside mosque

Gunmen have attacked a Mosque at Tella town in Gassol local government area of Taraba State, abducting four worshippers.

A resident of Tella, Suleiman Rabiu, told newsmen that the gunmen, roughly twelve in number, surrounded the mosque at about 7.12 p.m and abducted worshipers who were observing Isha’i prayers.

According to him, the gunmen, after disrupting the prayer session, led out the worshipers from the mosque at gunpoint. The gunmen, he added, later released one person and took the remaining to an unknown location. Among those reportedly abducted are Alhaji Yahaya, Aminu Dali and Alhaji Hussaini, who is chairman of grain dealers in the area.

Residents of Gassol area regularly come under attacks from gunmen suspected to be bandits who relocated from Zamfara State into the area following military onslaught. Within the last three weeks, more than 25 persons, mostly traders and farmers, have been abducted.

The spokesperson of the Taraba Police Command, DSP Usman Abdullahi, confirmed the mosque incident but did not go into details.

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