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Terrorists Abduct 12, Release 2 In Kaduna State

A group of terrorists abducted about 12 persons in Zaria, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

Terrorists have abducted 12 persons in the Kofar Gayan/Kofar Kona area of Zaria in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

Reports say the incident happened on Saturday, June 12 around 12 p.m. WAT. According to a report from Punch, eight of the abducted persons were from the same family.

Hafsat Kusfa, whose parents were abducted, told journalists that the terrorists invaded their home and conducted a room-to-room operation after which they took eight members of her family

“They took away my father, mother, sister, and my brothers. Those taken away from our house are eight in number,” Kusfsa narrated.

She said that her parents were later released on Sunday morning and were immediately taken to a hospital for medical examination. According to her, the attackers had equally abducted other persons in the neighborhood.

“We also saw some of them [the terrorists] bringing out other people, mostly males, from our neighbourhood and later went away with them,” Kusfa said.

“The hoodlums carried guns, machetes. They even spoke Fulfude (Fulani) language among themselves and Hausa language when they wanted to their captives.”

“After much arguments, they told me and my stepmother to go back to the house to take care of the children,” she narrated

Mohammed Jalige, spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command had earlier confirmed the incident but said he was yet to receive details of the incident.

HumAngle contacted Jalige but he was not readily available to answer calls.

The Northwest region of Nigeria has in recent times been faced by security challenges ranging from violent killings and abductions of students and staff of educational institutions.

HumAngle reported the abduction of students and staff of a polytechnic in Kaduna, two days ago.

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