Gunmen abducted two Catholic priests and two children in Katsina state, northern Nigeria, after shooting dead 12 farmers working in their fields, the BBC reported.
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church, Father Chris Omotosho, told the BBC the gunmen broke into the priests’ residence in the village of Gidan Maikambu at around midnight on Tuesday.
Police say they have deployed officers to try and rescue them.
It is not clear who carried out the abductions.
The region is grappling with a wave of kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs.