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Again terrorists attack Abuja-Kaduna highway, kidnap over 20 travelers

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

In what could be described as dare devil situation, terrorists have again repeatedly blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway and kidnapped over 20 travelers.

Although, the authorities were yet to issue a statement, report on Tuesday night indicated that the hoodlums, while wielding dangerous weapons, descended on the Kaduna axis of the highway where they shot sporadically and moved passengers into the bushes. The operation allegedly lasted for almost an hour, according to sources, who witnessed the incident.

It was gathered that the bandits blocked the highway between Kurnmin Kare and Katari, in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and abducted passengers from commercial and private vehicles.

The incident occurred just days after a Youth Corps member traveling on the highway was killed in crossfire between bandits and security agents.

Sources from Katari told journalists that the incident occurred around 4pm, adding that the bandits had in the early hours of Tuesday invaded Katari Town where they also abducted 16 people.

It was gathered that security agents had been deployed to the section of the road after the bandits escaped with several passengers.

Kaduna State Police Command, through the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said he was yet to receive any confirmation from the Commander in-charge of the area.

The about 155km Kaduna-Abuja highway has witnessed several attacks by bandits, who block the road to kill and abduct passengers at will.

The road was, however, said to have been ‘fortified’ by security agents, following the March 28th attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train, which resulted in the killing of nine people and abduction of over 60 passengers.

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