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Armed Gang Abducts Village Head, 15 Others In Katsina Community

Members of an armed gang on Tuesday morning invaded Kaigar Malamai village and abducted the village head and 15 others in Danmusa Local Government area of Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.

HumAngle learned that  the gang stormed the village around midnight and operated for several hours after which they left with the victims.

Aliyu Magaji, a resident of the community who escaped with wounds said, “the group walked into our community shooting guns sporadically and terrorised the whole village before they began searching house to house.

“We escaped through the back doors, then later we found out they abducted our village head, Kabir Mai Unguwa, and 15 other people, including six wives, three young girls and six childrenn,” Magaji added 

Another source who pleaded not to be named, said:  “They invaded our village around 12a.m., three of the gang members forced one man to take them to the residence of his elder brother, using his motorcycle, which he did. 

“Two of them went into the house and the other one who stood at the entrance asked the man to run away.

“When he left the place, he ran towards some security operatives and told them what was happening in the village, but instead of them to go and confront the gunmen, they asked the man to stay with them till day break.” 

At the time of compiling this report, the Police Command in Katsina State was yet to comment on the development, but SP Gambo Isa said they are investigating the issue.

HumAngle recalls that few days ago a vigilante group rescued over 80 Islamic students in Mahuta community of Dandume Local Government Area and two weeks earlier, gunmen abducted more than 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

Over the years, Katsina State in Nigeria’s Northwest region is facing frequent terror attacks. 

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