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One person killed, 17 others abducted as gunmen raid a church in Kaduna during choir practice

At least one person was killed and 17 others abducted when gunmen attacked some communities in Kaduna State on Sunday.

The church attack was carried out on the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) while the villages affected are Dankande and Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari local government area and Guguwa-Kwate village and Rigasa area in Igabi local government area of the state.

In Dankande, a witness said over 20 gunmen surrounded a church where a choir rehearsal was going on.

The witness said, “It was at about 12:30 midnight. We had a combined choir practice in the church with other neighbouring communities. We normally hold  the combine choir practice from 9:00pm to 1:00am.

As we were in the church, the armed men numbering over 20 just surrounded the church and started shooting. Everybody was terrified but there was no how we could run because they had already surrounded the church.”

A community leader in Guguwa-Kwate said his elder brother’s son was in the church when the gunmen struck.  

“They entered one house and  were beating people. They kidnapped one man and a woman in the house. The killed my senior brother’s son. This is the fifth time these bandits are invading our community. About two months ago, they abducted two people in the farm” he said.

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