Bandits kill two Policemen, two others, abduct 40 others

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In an attack on Kasuwa-Daji Town in Zamfara State’s Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area, bandits killed two police officers and two other citizens, as well as abducted about forty people.

Residents said the bandits invaded the town early hours of Tuesday and started shooting indiscriminately to scare residents.

A resident of Kaura-Namoda town, Abubakar Kaura, told Channels Television that the bandits invaded the town with sophisticated weapons, including an anti-aircraft gun.

He said the bandits attacked the home of the former State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Hamisu Kasuwar-Daji and abducted one of his wives and grandchildren

According to him, the house of the former NURTW chief is close to a police station in the town, the bandits attacked the station, disarmed the policemen on duty, and killed two.

Another resident of Kasuwa-Daji who pleaded anonymity for security reasons said the bandits also killed two residents of the town during the attack

He confirmed that about forty persons were abducted during their house-to-house raid

“Two residents were also killed, not only policemen. As of now, about forty persons have been whisked away by the bandits,” he said.

Although the spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command Yazid Abubakar confirmed the attack to Channels Television on the phone, he did not indicate the number of persons abducted.

“Yes, there was an attack in Kasuwar-Daji early hours of today,” he said. “We are yet to confirm the number of the residents abducted but the Commissioner of Police has deployed additional troops to restore normalcy in the town.”

Zamfara state is one of several in the region plagued by criminals known as bandits who raid and loot villages, kill residents and burn houses to the ground.

The gangs maintain camps in a huge forest straddling Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states, and have carried out mass kidnappings of students from schools in recent years.