Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria

Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria - Times of India

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA: Gunmen kidnapped no less than 60 individuals in northwestern Nigeria after driving motorbikes into 5 villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and a number of other residents stated on Saturday.
Nigeria is battling a rise in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, primarily in northwestern areas, the place thinly stretched safety forces typically fail to cease the abductions.
The newest kidnapping occurred in Zamfara state in a single day on Friday, stated regional police spokesman Mohammed Shehu, including that investigations have been ongoing.
4 residents advised Reuters armed males had attacked villages within the Shinkafi space, inflicting panic and abducting no less than 60 villagers earlier than escaping into the close by forest.
The gunmen, who’re recognized regionally as bandits and have more and more focused colleges, additionally fired a rocket that hit the home of the senior district head of the native council, stated one resident, asking to not be named.
“The armed bandits rode on over 70 motorbikes and every bike was (carrying) three individuals with weapons destroying properties and abducting individuals,” Junaidu Badarawa, one among 5 individuals who have been kidnapped however later launched, stated by telephone.

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