Bandits Kill Eleven Persons, Abduct 20 Women, Children In Zamfara

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At least 11 persons were reportedly killed Sunday night while 20 women and children were kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.


The terrorists, numbering about 250 reportedly stormed Gidan Zuma village in the Bungudu Local Government Area of the state, killed 11 persons, and abducted 20 women and an unspecified number of children.

The bandits attacked on Saturday and Sunday night, according to residents of the area.

Communities around Gidan Zuma are in a state of panic, as according to a resident, “they (bandits) can strike any time and security forces would arrive only after they've left.”

The resident who spoke on condition of anonymity further said, “They kidnapped my wife with our little kid. Only God knows how they're faring, considering the hot weather and the Ramadan fast.”

“They shot and killed 11 persons, among them my only brother while on neighbourhood patrol as a volunteer vigilante. They forced 20 women and a lot of children into the bush,” he added.

The spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, ASP Yazid Abubakar, did not answer calls or respond to a text message sent to his mobile phone to get more information about the incident.

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