Terrorists, known locally as bandits, on Sunday, July 25, abducted 11 passengers and a driver in a bus belonging to Sokoto State Transport Authority while travelling along the Sokoto-Bisau road in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.
According to a report by The Punch, one Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, a motorist and eye witness said the attackers came out of their hiding place near Dogon Karfe and started shooting in the air, thereby forcing three buses belonging to Sokoto State Transport Authority to stop before all the passengers were kidnapped.
Muhammed Shehu, the police Spokesperson in Zamfara State in a phone conversation with HumAngle however debunked the report that passengers in the three buses were abducted, stating that only the 11 persons including the driver of a bus were kidnapped.
According to Shehu, the police, following a distress call mobilised operatives to the location and were able to rescue the bus driver.
Further efforts were being intensified to rescue the remaining passengers, he told HumAngle.
He also assured residents to exercise patience, calmness, and help in providing timely information to the police. Zamfara State has been under constant attacks by terrorists in recent times.
The Zamfara State Police Command on Thursday, July 22, 2021 had engaged some terrorists on the same Sokoto-Bisau road to free 11 commuters from being kidnapped leaving one of the attackers fatally injured.
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