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Terrorists Burn Zamfara Town, Abduct 60

Shortly after the release of Government Girls Secondary Schools, Jengebe in Zamfara State, terrorists operating in the Northwest Nigeria State have struck again, abducting 60 persons from a village.

Terrorists have reportedly burnt down more than half of Ruwan Tofa, a town in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, and abducted at least 60 persons including women and children.

BBC Hausa reported that the residents have started fleeing the town to nearby areas for safety. A resident who spoke to BBC Hausa said the terrorists have recently been frequently attacking to destroy lives and properties.

“They were there even yesterday and the day before yesterday. They burnt down our cars, houses, shops and about half of the town,” he said. He added that women, children and nursing mothers were among the 60 persons abducted by the terrorists.

“One of the residents had his entire family abducted except one child. They kidnapped an aide of a community leader and his entire family,” he added. One of the victims of the attack said 15 members of his family were abducted by the terrorists. His entire properties were also destroyed during the attack.

He added that they put a distress call to security officers who did not come, despite promising. Muhammad Shehu, the spokesperson of the police in Zamfara State was not immediately available for comments when contacted.

Meanwhile, reports from Runka in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, Northwestern Nigeria, indicate that an armed group has abducted three schoolchildren in the area.

Residents who spoke to BBC Hausa said the children were kidnapped on Tuesday while returning from school to Gobirawa village. The abductors are yet to contact the family of the children as of the time of filing this report.

Zamfara and Katsina states have been the hotspots of terrorist attacks in Northwestern Nigeria with a series of mass abductions, pillages and destruction of villages and towns.

Two months ago, a set of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, were kidnapped but later released by the terrorists.

Another set of 279 schoolgirls were abducted at the Government Girls Secondary School Jengebe on the midnight of Friday Feb. 26, 2021.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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