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Terrorists Abduct 60 Women In Northwest Nigeria

Terrorists attacked three villages in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, killed four persons, burnt houses and abducted 60 women.

Terrorists in Zamfara State, Northwestern Nigeria, have reportedly kidnapped 60 women in three villages -Munawa, Malele, and Randa- under Maru Local Government Area on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

The terrorists stormed the villages, killed four persons and kidnapped 60 women, according to Shehu Ahmed S. Fulani, a legislator representing the Maru Local Government Area. 

According to a BBC Hausa Service report, the lawmaker said that men in the villages fled when they learnt that the terrorists were approaching before the attack. 

In the attack, the terrorists burnt down several huts and buildings in the communities, he added. 

Calls put to  Muhammed Shehu, the spokesperson of Nigeria Police in Zamfara State, to confirm the attack and abduction were not answered as of the time of filing this report. 

Since Dec. 2020, mass abductions have become a new trend in Nigeria, with over a thousand people abducted by terrorists in various states across the country. 

A government official reported that on Sunday, May 30,  terrorists abducted 156 pupils from Salihu Tanko Islamic school in Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria, almost three months after the infamous mass kidnapping of Kagara schoolboys in the state. 

A terror group abducted more than 80 Islamic school pupils in Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria, on Dec. 19, 2020. 

Kidnapping for ransom has been commonplace in Nigeria, with schools being the most common target in recent years. Between Dec. 2020 and May 2021, almost 700 pupils were abducted. 

Observers say terrorists may be exploiting kidnapping to fund their activities. 

Security experts have also warned that the kidnapping of the pupils will have disastrous effects for education in Northern Nigeria, which already has a high rate of out-of-school-children.


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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a senior reporter, researcher and a fact-checker. He heads the extremism and radicalisation desk. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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