Gunmen abduct 17 family members in Kaduna

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Armed bandits have abducted 21 people in two separate attacks on Udawa village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Seventeen of those abducted including four others, who sustained serious injuries from gunshots, were said to be members of the same family.

A community leader in Udawa, Liman Hussaini, who confirmed the incident to reporters on Sunday night, said unknown gunmen stormed the area and started shooting sporadically, leaving several persons injured.

Hussaini said four people were kidnapped on Friday, while 17 others were abducted on Saturday on their way to the farm very early in the morning.

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According to him, by the time security personnel stationed in the village rushed to the scene of the incident, the bandits had escaped with their victims into the forest.

“Yesterday, a family of 21 were going to the farm, but about one and a half kilometres away from home, they were attacked by gunmen. Four of them sustained serious injuries from gunshots while 17 of them were abducted, ‘’said Hussaini.

“Also, on Friday, at about 7:00am, four people were abducted while on their way to the farm.

“You know there is serious hunger. People are finding it very difficult to feed, but now that the maize is done, many families depend on it to feed. We have started harvesting maize which we use for feeding because there is no food.

He said ,“The head of this family of 21 was riding on a bike with one of his sons and two daughters to the farm when the bandits opened fire on them after abducting 17 members of the family.

However, Kaduna State Police Command are yet to comment on the issue.

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