An evangelical pastor, his daughter, and more than a dozen other churchgoers were reportedly abducted while one person was killed after a team of gunmen attacked villages in the troubled Kaduna state of Nigeria on Sunday.
According to Nnamdi Obasi of the International Crisis Group, Rev. Zakariah Ido, 11 girls and five men were abducted from an Evangelical Church Winning All congregation in the village of Dankande in the Birnin Gwari local government area in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He tweeted that sources claimed that as many as 20 gunmen were responsible for the attack.
The Nigerian online newspaper The Cable reported that the gunmen also impacted a village in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna.
“It was at about 12:30 midnight. We had combined choir practice in the church with other neighboring communities. We normally hold the combine choir practice from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m,” an unnamed witness told The Cable about the church attack in Dankande.
The source explained that the armed men surrounded the church and began shooting.
“Everybody was terrified but there was no how we could run because they had already surrounded the church,” the witness explained.
According to The Nation, among those abducted at the church are pastor Ido’s daughter and the son of an Assemblies of God pastor.
Pastor Nath Waziri, the district church council secretary, told The Nation that the gunmen asked everyone at the church to surrender their phones and demanded to know who the pastor was.
“After threatening the choristers they became afraid and showed them the pastor home,” Wazir was quoted as saying. “They took him away and his daughter with 15 others amongst which there is the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith