Armed bandits on motorcycles have attacked a Jumuat Mosque and whisked away the Imam and some worshippers in a community in Zamfara State.
The attack and abduction took place during a congregational prayer on Friday.
It occurred at Dutsen Gari, a farming community in Kanoma District of Maru Local Government Area.
The gunmen also killed some members of the community during the attack.
Speaking to PRNigeria, the spokesman of the Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, said 18 persons were kidnapped during the attack, while efforts are being made to rescue them.
The attackers ensured that worshippers were seated, listening to the sermon from the Imam before they invaded the worship centre.