Gunmen attack church, kill doctor, abduct worshippers in Kaduna

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Gunmen attacked Haske Baptist Church in Manini Tasha vil­lage, Kuriga Ward in Chukun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Sunday. The attack which took place at about 9 a.m, saw one person killed while several others were kidnapped.

ASP Mohammed Jalige, the Police command spokesman, confirmed this while describing the at­tack as unfortunate, adding that apart from those killed and injured, the gunmen abducted four worshippers.

He said, “Preliminary investiga­tion conducted so far revealed that four persons are missing which arouses suspicion that they might have been kid­napped by the hoodlums.

“Two others who sustained gunshot wounds are Dr Zechariah Dogonyaro, a staff of Kaduna State Minis­try of Health attached to the Primary Healthcare Centre in Rimi village, Udawa, Chikun LGA and Shehu Haruna.

“Unfortunately, Dr Zechariah Dogonyaro died on the spot while Shehu Haruna is currently receiving medical treatment.

“Consequently, normalcy has since been restored; secu­rity has been beefed up in the area with a view to forestall­ing reoccurrence of the das­tardly attack while concerted efforts are ongoing to locate the missing persons.

“The command is deeply saddened by this unprovoked attack on innocent citizens carrying out their legitimate daily routine and commiser­ate with the affected families.”

Sec­retary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State branch, Rev. Caleb Ma’aji in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna State said, “Our hearts are saddened over the sorry security situa­tion in our dear state.

“It has grown so unfor­tunate and on a daily basis, insecurity continues to grow worst with no appreciable re­sistance given the unholy ter­rorist who have continued to hold our dear state and nation to ransom.

“Our hearts go to the local church at Manini, the Nigeria Baptist Convention and fami­ly members of the deceased.

“We are appealing to rel­evant agencies and praying for the safe release of the ab­ducted members and indeed all others in captivity.

“We also enjoin all men and women of goodwill to wake up and do the needful before we are all consumed by the ongoing evil of banditry and kidnapping that has hi­jacked our country, especially Kaduna State,” he said.

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