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 most recent kidnapping befell in Zamfara state in a single day on Friday, stated regional police spokesman Mohammed Shehu, including that investigations have been ongoing.
4 residents instructed 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 identified regionally as bandits and have more and more focused faculties, 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 motorcycle was (carrying) three individuals with weapons destroying properties and abducting individuals,” Junaidu Badarawa, considered one of 5 individuals who have been kidnapped however later launched, stated by cellphone.