Bandits Kill 6 in Taraba, Katsina, Abduct 36 in Kaduna

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Bandits Kill 6 in Taraba, Katsina, Abduct 36 in Kaduna

It was learned that a resident
and a mobile policeman were killed at midnight at Lasandi, BabaYau, and Sabongari.

Similarly, the vigilante
leader, identified as Bashir, and five girls, were abducted by gunmen around
1.30am at Saminaka Junction on Monday night.

The gunmen on motorcycles
reportedly invaded the area and shot in different directions before gaining
entrance into the residence of the vigilante leader.

The area is located around
Kwando forest in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of the state where 20 persons
were abducted and four others, including the chairman of the local government, had been killed by gunmen in the last few months.

Residents interviewed said
they now lived in fear because of the high rate of attacks by gunmen.

One of them, Musa Garba, said,
“I’m sleeping with one eye open because nobody knows which area or house the
gunmen would attack next.”

The spokesperson of the state
police command, Usman Abdullahi, could not be reached for comment on the
attacks.

Also, bandits Monday night
killed at least three persons at four villages in Funtua Local Government Area
of Katsina State.

They invaded Yartafki village
along the Funtua-Zaria Road around 11:00pm and abducted one Malam Bala Magaji,
principal of Government Junior Secondary School Makera, Funtua.

One of his relatives said the
bandits entered Unguwar Isiyaka village at about 11:15pm and started shooting
sporadically, killing three young men.

“The attacks in the four
villages took place almost simultaneously; they killed Samaila Badamasi 40,
Malam Abdulkadir Adamu 35, and Naziru Tasi’u 25. They abducted eight people,
including my elder brother and our Ward’s head Maiunguwa Kabiru,” he said.

In a related development, 36
residents of Keke B Community in Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area
of Kaduna State, were kidnapped Monday night.

An eyewitness said the
bandits, who operated unchallenged, moved from house to house.

Muhammad Salihu, a resident,
said: “Many of us were still outside when the bandits attacked because it was
quite early, around 8.30pm. They came in a large number, shooting sporadically
and brandishing weapons.

“They broke into people’s
houses one after the other and kidnapped the occupants. One person, a
motorcycle mechanic, was able to escape from the kidnappers, but they went away
with 36 residents.”

There was no official comment
from security authorities at the time of this report. Efforts made to reach
Mohammed Jalige, police spokesman in Kaduna, did not yield result as his line
was switched off.

 

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