Bandits storm Zamfara community, abduct nursing mothers, new bride, others
Armed bandits, on Monday, reportedly attacked a community in Zamfara State, kidnapping over a dozen people including a new bride, and some nursing mothers.
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Residents said the heavily armed bandits stormed Zurmi Local Government Area at about 11:45 p.m, shooting sporadically into the air to scare residents.
Falalu Ashafa, a teacher at Government Girls Secondary School, Zurmi, said his wife, mother, two children and nanny are among those kidnapped in the Monday attack.
He said after the attack, 26 persons, including three nursing mothers, and a newly-wedded bride, were missing and believed to have been kidnapped. The Zurmi attack is coming two days after a similar attack on a viewing centre at Birnin Magaji.
In Birni Magaji attack, seven people were kidnapped and are yet to be released as on Tuesday morning. The security agencies in Zamfara are yet to make any official statement on the Saturday attack.
Killings and kidnapping for ransom have continued in Zamfara communities, despite security reinforcement and subsequent change of the police commissioner in the state.
When contacted, the Zamfara police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, said the police repelled the Monday night attack but later realised that 13 people had been kidnapped.
He said the hoodlums stormed Majema area in Zurmi with a view to causing mayhem and breakdown of law and order in the community.
“On the spur of the moment, combined teams of Police/Military and Civilian JTF Stationed in Zurmi responded promptly and repelled the attack.
“As a result, the attackers were forced to beat a retreat back to Dumburum forest. Sadly enough, 13 Persons were later discovered to have been kidnapped by the attackers.
“The command in its efforts to ensure the successful rescue of the Kidnapped Victims dispatched a Search and Rescue Operation team to complement the effort of the Joint Security Personnel Currently on extensive bush combing.
“The press will be duly briefed on the outcome of the rescue operation. “The command appeals for continued support and cooperation with the police and other security agencies by giving timely and useful information on activities of criminal elements in the state.”