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Terrorists Kidnap 46 Students, Others In Buhari’s Home-State, Katsina

 

Bandits Storm Kaduna Community, Kidnap 53 People

Terrorists have reportedly abducted no fewer than forty-six persons from President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, Katsina, over the weekend.

The state command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the incident, acknowledging that students are among the victims of the incident.

The people were reportedly abducted in two separate communities. It was, however, unclear if the perpetrators were the same group.

The incident, Naija News understands happened in the Batsari and Funtua local governments area of the state on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

28 people, according to reports, were abducted in the Karare village of Batsari LGA, while one person was killed in the attack recorded last Friday.

The terrorists, numbering about 40, reportedly stormed the village in the early hour of the day riding on motorcycles.

Some of the abductees were said to be students from Kokiya village heading to Government Day Secondary School, Karare.

A resident told newsmen that the terrorists came from the southern part of the village and started shooting sporadically, leading to the death of one person.

“They abducted 28 people, including students, but released four later. Those released include one Malam Ladan and three children. They sent them a message that they would not accept old naira notes for ransom.

“Later, one other person escaped. So as we speak, there are 23 people currently with the bandits, but they did not make any ransom demand,” the resident who spoke on anonymity said.

Another source told Daily Trust that he went into a healthcare centre from where he jumped over a fence to escape abduction, adding that one person was confirmed dead.

The second attack, Naija News learnt, happened in a mosque in Maigamji village along Funtua – Dandume Road.

The terrorists reportedly invaded the mosque and opened fire on worshippers during evening (isha’i) prayer. Residents of the village said the attack took place around 7:15 pm on Saturday.

A former councillor of Maigamji ward, Alhaji Lawal Maigamji, said when the bandits came they opened fire and shot two people in the mosque, including the Imam leading the prayers, Malam Yusha’u and one other, Hussaini Jamo who are receiving treatment at General Hospital Funtua.

“They surrounded the mosque when Isha’i congregational prayer was being conducted. After shooting Imam Yusha’u on the hand and Hussaini Jamo, they abducted 18 people and made away with them into the bush,” Maigamji disclosed.

He added that later at night, four of the abducted victims managed to escape from their captives while in transit.

Confirming the attacks, the police spokesman in Kastina, SP Gambo Isah, said the command was yet to ascertain the number of persons abducted in the Kakare incident.

He noted that the command received reports with conflicting figures. Hence has commenced an investigation into the incident.

“Some say up to 30 people were abducted, and others say less than that. We are still investigating the matter as the rescue operation is ongoing.

“With regards to Yargamji, 13 were missing; two sustained gunshot injuries, including the Imam leading the prayer, while four were rescued.

“Our men in collaboration with the local vigilante, are working together to rescue those abducted,” Isah said.

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