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Bandits unleash terror; abduct 21 in fresh attacks in Kaduna South

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Again, no fewer than 21 persons have been reportedly abducted by kidnappers along Kachia Road, when the armed gangs unleashed terror attacks on the victims on Kaduna South.

The attacks allegedly occurred in late hours of Friday when the armed men, in military uniforms, abducted the 21 persons along the road in Idon Village in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

Councilor for Zonkwa Ward in Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna state, Luka Bako, who is one among the two persons, escaped from the kidnappers’ attack in the bush, told journalists that they escaped through the bush assisted by some locals.

A statement made available to journalists in Kaduna on Fridday night averred that “In the late hours of Friday, armed men who came in large numbers, dressed in military uniforms, abducted 21 persons along Kaduna-Kachia Road at Idon Village of Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

“Councilor of Zonkwa ward in Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna state, Luka Bako, who is one among the two persons that escaped from the kidnappers in the bush, disclosed this to AIT. He explained that they ran through the bush and later found themselves at Mararraban Kajuru, where they were assisted by the locals, calling on government to beef-up security in the area to avoid further occurrence.

Contacted, Kaduna Police Command’s spokesman, Muhammad Jalige, could not respond before the time of filling this report.

Similarly, gunmen reportedly killed 12 locals and burnt houses when they attacked a community at Na’ikko Village in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state. Those, who survived the attack, have fled their homes to neigboring Barkallahu Village in Igabi local government area of the state, where they are now as IDPs.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna state, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, had visited the IDP settlement and commiserated with the locals, while appealing to them “to recourse to the law and to shun any form of reprisals.”

The state government, he said, “will do everything within its powers to arrest the masterminds of the attack,” he said.

A survivor, Malam Nura Haruna, told the commissioner that he had lost two sons and two brothers in the attack.

According to him, “The bandits came to the village and started shooting us. We are appealing to the security agencies and the state government to find the gunmen and bring them to justice.”

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