Terrorists have killed 17 villagers and kidnapped several others, including women, in Kaduna State’s Kagarko and Kachia LGAs.
While 17 people were killed in four communities on Thursday, terrorists abducted 22 more persons around Angwar Ma’aji in Jere, Kagarko LGA, Kaduna State, according to our sources.
This occurred less than 24 hours after Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), paid a visit to the roadway.
On the ever-bustling Abuja-Kaduna route, Jere shares a border with Tafa-Sabon-Wuse in Niger State.
Shehu Bala, a resident of Angwar Maji who confirmed the latest kidnapping over the phone with our reporter, claimed the incident occurred at 11 p.m. on Sunday.
He claimed that the robbers, who arrived in considerable numbers, broke into some homes and abducted 22 people, including five women.
“The robbers arrived in great numbers, some of whom were dressed in army uniforms. “They went from home to house, waking up their victims before marching them into the bush with guns drawn,” he added.
According to him, the criminals were around the neighborhood for more than an hour.
He went on to say that they only started shooting into the air to scare people away as they were leaving the neighborhood.
Bala, on the other hand, said that one of the 22 kidnapped victims managed to flee his captors while being led into the bush.
17 persons were slain in four villages: Maido Rafi, Abrom, Kabobe, and Ankwa, according to Onomza John, a youth leader in Kagarko LGA’s Maido District.
During the attacks, the bandits also took 22 motorcycles, according to him.
The Chairman of Kachia LGA, Kaduna, Aaron Bako confirmed the killings, saying that in addition to the 17 villagers slain, seven others were injured and were being treated at an unidentified hospital.
The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to comment on the two attacks, with ASP Mohammed Jalinge, the Police Public Relations Officer, promising to respond but not having done so as of the time of reporting this article.