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One Dead As Terrorists Attack Rigasa Community

A group of terrorists locally known as ‘Bandits’ Friday evening attacked  Rigasa community in Igabi  Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, leaving one person dead.

HumAngle learned that security forces in the area engaged the terrorists in a gun battle, forcing them to retreat at about 18:15 pm.

Soldiers and mobile police arrived at the scene in armoured vehicles and repelled the attack, Musa Lawan, an eyewitness said.

He said the incident happened not far from the railway station in Rigasa.

A member of the community who was hit by a bullet and died shortly after he was taken to a hospital was identified as Rabiu Awwal.

Shehu Sani, a former senator said on Twitter that Auwal died of gunshots sustained when Bandits attacked his community.

“This young man Rabiu Awwal was a frontline Secure North campaigner based in Kaduna; Late evening yesterday, he lost his life as a result of gunshots sustained when Bandits attacked his community. He would be buried today.Inna lillahi wainna Illayhir rajiun.May Allah forgive him,” Sani wrote.

Photo: #SecureNorth activist Rabi’u Auwal was killed by the terrorists.
Photo: #SecureNorth activist Rabi’u Auwal was killed by the terrorists.

Terrorists have been deploying different unsuccessful strategies to attack Abuja-Kaduna train – the only alternative to escape the deadly Abuja-Kaduna highway. 

On September 14, the terrorists attacked but couldn’t stop the train. Official sources said it was villagers who threw stones at the train, but passengers claimed otherwise.

In January, the Government deployed additional security at Rigasa after an armed group ambushed and kidnapped Kaduna bound passengers shortly after arriving at the train station from Abuja.

Kaduna is battling insecurity due to activities of armed groups terrorizing travellers and communities in the Northern and Southern Axis of the State.

On November 17, a joint land and air operation targeted a bandit camp along Abuja – Kaduna highway.

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