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Terrorists Abduct 17 People By Canoe In Zamfara

The terrorists, numbering about 200 on motorcycles, attacked Birnin-Tudu and Tungar-Wakaso communities in Gummi LGA of Zamfara State in northwestern Nigeria on Aug. 11, 2022.

Terrorists killed three farmers, abducted 15 women, and two septuagenarians including a Chief Imam on Thursday, Aug. 11 in an attack on Birnin-Tudu and Tungar-Wakaso communities in Gummi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, northwestern Nigeria.  

The gang, allegedly led by Dogo Gudale’s camp, conveyed an estimated 200 members on 100 motorcycles after being ferried out of the Walale river of Nannarki village, Bukuyum LGA. They then launched a four- hour attack in Birnin-Tudu and Tungar-Wakaso of Gummi LGA from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WAT.

The residents of the area said the latest incident was a follow-up in Birnin-Tudu after the attack on Aug. 4, making it the third in 2022.

Garba Akilu Mamman, 30, a resident of Birnin-Tudu, told HumAngle that “we suspected that the attackers were angry at us because they could not meet our cows in town to rustle, which we already sold out for fear of terrorists.”

Further lamenting on the attack, AbdulMumini, another resident, added: “Mudassir Danfalale was killed along with two others during the attack.”

Hamza Yusuf, District Head in (Sarkin Zauman) Birnin-Tudu confirmed the abduction of “Aishat, Yarbala, Maryam and Ubaida along with her husband Habibu were kidnapped during the attack. Others abducted are Bawan Tsohuwa, 73, Ladan Sule, 74, the Chief Imam, Nafiu, Adamu Muhammad Gaye among others.”

“This is the third attack on our town. The first was on Thursday, January 13 when the terrorists released Mainasara and sent him with three bullets to Birnin-Tudu, Gayawa and Leshi villages of Gummi LGA in exchange for money as their protection levy,” AbdulMumini recalled.

“The second attack was launched on Thursday, August 4th, a day after Zamfara Government delegation, led by its State Deputy Governor visited the area and declared that there would be no more attack on the residents. But Birnin-Tudu, Kaiwa, Kwalkwato, Kwamma, Tungar-Wakaso and Tajaye villages of Gummi and Bukuyum were attacked by the armed marauders. And here we are today,” Dankuro, another resident, narrated. 

Imrana Shuaibu and Shemau Lauwali, also residents of Birnin-Tudu, who narrowly escaped the latest attack added that there was no security response throughout the four-hour operation.

“In short, our police outpost was relocated to DakiTakwas village; we therefore have no access to security operatives and the government is aware of this,” Shuaibu explained. 

“We collectively agreed to move out our women and children, including the old out of the town in their hundreds to DakiTakwas, Falale, and Gummi areas to avoid impending attacks,” another local, Aminu Musa Birnin-Tudu, said. 

The Zamfara State Government had, on Aug. 3 declared that there would be no more attacks on residents following a truce reached between the locals, government and terrorists. 

When contacted for comment, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mohammed Shehu of the Zamfara State Police Command told HumAngle that “we are presently assessing the situation in the area. I will get back to you after gathering facts on the incident.”

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