Updated; Worshipper Shot Dead As Bandits Attack Church, Four Others Kidnapped

Bandits on Sunday invaded a church in Chukun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to reports, at least one person was shot dead during the attack while others sustained injuries.

According to the report released by the Kaduna government, about four worshippers were also abducted from the church while one resident, Shehu Mainika was injured in the general area by the bandits.

However, an eyewitness, Jacob Bala said: “Church service was going on when herdsmen just came and surrounded the church and started shooting.

“The came at about 9am. They were many and they were riding on motorcycles. They started shooting indiscriminately as we scampered for safety.

“My uncle, Dr. Zakariya Dogonyaro, was killed instantly. He works with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health. They shot him and he died on the spot.

“They kidnapped five people, including my late brother’s wife, my stepmother, my elder brother’s daughter, and two other people.”

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has strongly condemned the attack. El-Rufai described the attack as a shocking act of depraved persons far-removed from humanity.

The governor added that attacking innocent worshipers who were exercising their natural and lawful right to assemble in worship, represented the worst kind of evil.

The governor sent heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and to the Haske Baptist Church.

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