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Terrorists Kill 3, Abduct 24 In Nigeria Junior Defence Minister’s Neighbourhood

The spate of violent attacks in the Tsafe, Maru, and Maradun areas of Zamfara has recently increased.

Rampaging terrorists have abducted 24 persons in Maradun, the hometown of Nigeria’s minister of state for defence, Bello Matawalle, in Zamfara, North West Nigeria.

The terrorists sieged the minister’s town for hours on April 26, going door to door to raid people’s houses. During the midnight raid, the armed gangs ransacked several homes in the town but reportedly avoided the private residence of the minister, who was governor of the state until last year.

Three residents were killed during the attack, while 24 others were kidnapped.

Tukur Boyi, one of the minister’s neighbours in Maradun, told HumAngle that some militants were stationed at Matawalle’s apartment “to stop newcomers among them from attacking the house”. 

The marauders abducted many persons from the neighbourhood, causing fear and concern among the neighbours. Those abducted include 13 residents from the household of Ali Mai-Allura, eight from the household of Lawali S. Kaya Tambari, and three from the houses of Usman Lamido and Murtala Zakara. 

The spate of violent attacks in the Tsafe, Maru and Maradun areas of Zamfara has recently increased. The criminal group mobilised several terrorists on the streets of Maradun to launch the recent attack, witnesses said.

“This is too daring. The security forces did not show up to respond to the attack until nearly an hour later. The armed gang in large numbers blocked every corner that could lead to the minister’s house,” Rabiu Balarabe, a resident in Maradun, told HumAngle. 

HumAngle contacted Yezid Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, for comment on the recent attack. He has yet to respond to our calls and texts.

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