Gunmen stormed a church in Kaduna State, Nigeria in the early hours of 8 March and shot dead at least one security guard before kidnapping the church minister Joseph Aketeh.
A woman and her two children were also abducted in the attack in Kudenda, Kaduna South Local Government Area (LGA), which began around 1am.
There are unconfirmed reports that a second security guard was killed during the assault.
Churches and Christian communities in Kaduna State are frequently targeted for attack. In February church minister Joseph Danjuma Shekari was kidnapped and his cook Sati Musa was killed when gunmen assaulted Mr Shekari’s home in Kauru LGA. The minister was freed almost 24 hours later.