MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Gunmen abducted at the least 60 folks and killed one particular person in northwestern Nigeria after using 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 usually fail to cease the abductions.
The most recent kidnapping happened in Zamfara state in a single day on Friday and gunmen shot and killed a village head, a police official and council member for the world stated.
4 resident advised Reuters armed males had attacked villages within the Shinkafi space, inflicting panic and abducting at the least 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 folks with weapons destroying properties and abducting folks,” Junaidu Badarawa, certainly one of 5 individuals who have been kidnapped however later launched, stated by telephone.