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Bandits kill 4, kidnap 40 others in Zamfara

Bandits killed four people, including two police officers, during an attack on Kasuwa-Daji Town in Zamfara State’s Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area.

During the attack, at least forty other people were kidnapped.

inhabitants reported that the bandits attacked the town in the early hours of Tuesday, shooting intermittently to intimidate inhabitants.

A resident of Kaura-Namoda town, Abubakar Kaura, said the bandits invaded the town with sophisticated weapons, including anti-aircraft guns.

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, according to ChannelsTV.

Spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command Yazid Abubakar confirmed the attack but 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.

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