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Terrorist Group Kidnap 8 IDPs, 3 Others in Zamfara

Kidnappers made two raids on communities in Bukuyum, Zamfara state seizing six women and five men. Some of the abducted were recent arrivals to the area, having left their homes fearing they were at risk of being kidnapped there.

Armed terrorists launched two kiddapping raids in Bukuyum LGA northwest Nigeria, abducting eight people from Dangurunfa, and three more from Sadawa community.

The raid in Dangurunfa, where six women and two men were seized, happened at about 4:30 a.m. Nov 14. A separate attack in Sadawa village, about six and a half miles away, occurred at 6:00 p.m the same day, where three male villagers were taken. 

The abductees from Dangurunfa had recently come to live there because they thought it safer. Residents of the area said they are displaced persons who fled their homes in Masama-Mudi and Dargaje communities of Bukuyum LGA to avoid kidnapping.

Nura Muhammad told HumAngle: “My elder sister Tallo relocated from Masama-Mudi to Dangurunfa in order to avoid attack, yet she could not escape and now is in captivity with terrorists.”

Alhaji Shahidu, businessman, farmer and resident of Dangurunfa said, “My step father is in captivity with the armed gang, being kidnapped after relocating from his home village in Dargaje to our village due to incessant terror attacks.” 

A member of the traditional hierarchy in the area, who pleaded anonymity, said “the bandits stormed into the village in the early morning when we were about to say our morning prayer.”

Sole Administrator of Bukuyum LGA, Bashir Muawiya Mesudan declined comment over the attacks on the communities. 

Zamfara State Police Command were contacted by HumAngle but the Police Public Relations Officer has not yet responded at the time of this report. 

Meanwhile, terrorist group released the group of women who were abducted while escorting a bride to her wedding on October 30, in Gummi, Zamfara State.

The release of the 6 women including a baby boy followed a cash payment of money to the terror gang.

“We contributed a huge amount of money for the release of my daughters Ladi and Zainabu including four others.” Buhari Ladan told HumAngle. 

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