Bandits have killed 17 persons in a mosque in an early morning attack in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State.
Another 18 persons people were said to have been abducted during the attack on Monday.
The gunmen invaded the community in motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers, shooting sporadically into the air.
Sources said that the gunmen shot at some victims, leaving 17 dead.
Some of the residents told The Nation on phone they were still in shock on the attack, which they said took them by surprise.
The Maza_Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger state are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.