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Eighteen People Abducted After Raid In Northwest Nigeria

Terror gangs continue their unstoppable violent campaign across communities and roads in Nigeria's restive Northwestern region.

A terror group is demanding millions of naira as ransom for 18 people, mostly women and children, abducted during a raid in Askawa community of Nigeria’s Northwestern Zamfara state. 

According to local sources, the mass abduction which occurred on Sunday also led to the death of a man and his wife. 

HumAngle learnt members of the terror group disembarked from their motorcycles before proceeding to the community to carry out the attack and abduction. 

A captive was subsequently released to inform relatives of the other abductees of their ransom demand of 5 million naira. 

Askawa community is located in Zurmi local government, one of the volatile parts of Zamfara facing persistent attacks from terror gangs. 

In June, HumAngle reported that terrorists killed over 50 villagers in an attack targeting Kagawa, Gandasamu, Jinkirawa Tsara, and Yanbuki wards in Zurmi Local Government Area. 

Zamfara is the epicentre of the violence ravaging the Northwest and neighbouring Niger State, which has led to the internal displacement of over 200,000 people while forcing more than 60,000 people to flee to Maradi in the neighbouring Niger republic.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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