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Bandits kidnap 12, release two in Zaria


Some bandits have invaded Kofar Gayan/Kofar Kona Area of the ancient city of Zaria in Kaduna State on Saturday night and kidnapped no fewer than 12 residents.

It was learnt that among the twelve were eight members of the same family.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the attack.

However, he said he had yet to receive details of the incident, particularly on the actual number of those abducted by the bandits and those released.

A daughter of one of the abductees, Hafsat Kusfa told journalists on Sunday that gunmen in large numbers broke into their home at about 12.00am(Saturday), went from room to room, picking eight members of their family.

According to her, after the room-to-room operations, the bandits assembled their victims in front of their apartment.

She said her parents(mother, father) were later released on Sunday morning.

According to her, they(parents) were immediately taken to an undisclosed hospital where they are currently being examined.

She said, “The hoodlums carried guns, machetes. They even spoke Fulfude(Fulani) language among themselves and Hausa language when they wanted to their captives.

“After much arguments, they(bandits) told me and my stepmother(a nursing mother) to go back to the house to take care of the children.

“They took away my father, mother, sister, and my brothers. Those taken away from our house are eight in number.

“We also saw some of the gunmen bringing out other people mostly males from our neighbourhood and later went away with them.”

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