Gunmen, on Sunday, attacked worshippers at Haske Baptist Church, Manini community, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state.

A medical doctor was said to have been killed in the attack, while five persons were abducted.

An eyewitness, Jacob Bala, said the bandits stormed the church at about 9am on Sunday when church service was going on and opened fire on the worshippers.

According to him, the bandits were “many” and rode on motorcycles while bearing “sophisticated arms”.

Bala said his uncle, Zakariya Dogonyaro, a staff of the Kaduna ministry of health, was shot dead by the bandits.

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He added that five other people, including three of his relatives, were abducted by the gunmen.

“Church service was going on when gunmen 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,” Bala said.

“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.

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

Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to telephone calls when contacted.

Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs, confirmed the attack in a statement, but said security reports noted that four persons were abducted.

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