Armed bandits on Friday, stormed a Juma’at mosque in Dutsin Gari village in Kanoma, Zamfara State, abducting the Imam and 40 other congregants.
The village is said to be known for sugarcane plantation.
Daily Nigerian reports that credible sources in the village said the attackers, who invaded the village on about 100 motorcycles, killed five worshipers and injured many others.
It was said that the sporadic gunshots by the bandits created stampede midway into the prayer, causing the Imam to cut short the session at first Rakaa.
The Imam, identified simply as Mallam Yahaya, was reportedly taken on a motorcycle into the bush, alongside other worshippers.
However, according to the publication, another source in the village identified as Sani Kanoma, said the Imam and some of the worshippers were later released on Saturday.
Kanoma said the targets of the kidnappers are the rich sugarcane farmers who pay millions of naira in ransom.
Mohammed Shehu, police command’s spokesperson said details of the incident will be made public on Sunday.