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Babies, Nurses Abducted In Terrorists’ Raid On Kaduna Hospital

The attack was the first in which babies are among those kidnapped in the state.

Terrorists have abducted babies from the residential quarters of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

According to a Daily Trust report,  the terrorists, on Sunday, July 4, 2021, forced their way into the hospital after a gunfire exchange with police officers at a nearby station, abducting babies and some staff of the hospital.

Daily Trust reported that at least five of staff of the hospital  including nurses and the principal security guard were abducted.

Citing a local source who claimed anonymity, the newspaper reported how the heavy shootout had alerted the community, throwing residents into panic mode. 

“Those kidnapped were our staff living at the staff quarters, some were abducted alongside their children. So about 10 people were taken away so far,” the unnamed local source said.

He said the assailants  blocked access to the community to stop security personnel from entering.

Mohammed Jalige, police spokesperson in the state did not return HumAngle’s request seeking confirmation of the attack.

But according to Daily Trust,  Maryam Abdulrazaq, the Public Relations Officer of the Medical and Health Union of the Center, confirmed the incident,  saying  six persons had been identified as part of those abducted.

“So far, I have six names of the people abducted but I will try to get the remaining four names by Monday God willing. The principal Security guard on duty, two nurses Joy Yakubu and Odor and her baby, Lab Technician Christiana, Kasim from the Auditorium office were among those kidnapped,” she said.

Recently, the terrorists have intensified their deadly attacks in the state as they operate from their camps within the large swathes of forests straddling the Northwest and North-central.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai who recently withdrew his son from a public school over fears of being kidnapped, has insisted that his administration is at war with the terrorists.

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Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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