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Terrorists Kill Many, Abduct Others In Various Zamfara Communities

Communities across several local government areas in Nigeria’s Zamfara state have suffered all kinds of attacks in the first week of May, with victims ranging from a bank manager to community leaders and farmers.

The new month has come with deadly terror attacks in different parts of Zamfara, North West Nigeria.

On May 7, around 12:30 a.m., a group of terrorists sieged the Gusau bypass road in the state capital to kidnap Mansur Kaura, a manager at the local branch of TAJ Bank.

Ibrahim Isah, a Gusau resident who witnessed the midnight raid, told HumAngle that the abductors invaded Kaura’s residence heavily armed with weapons.

“The bandits abducted the manager under an intense attack with no response from the security agents throughout the operation,” he recounted.

The rowdy presence of terrorists during the abduction overwhelmed the residents, leaving them with no clue about what would happen next. 

It is not clear why the terrorists targeted Mansur. 

“Mansur, the Taj Bank Manager, is not a politician that you could claim you supported him to win or opposed to losing an election,” Hassan Idris, a resident, wondered. “So I am surprised; how on earth could this happen to him?”

The abduction of the bank manager in Gusau is one of the tragic incidents becoming dangerously normalised in the state.

In a similar raid on midnight of May 7, another armed terrorist group invaded the Yarsabanya community in the Anka Local Government Area, shooting the village head and the Chief Imam of the area. 

Malami Ada, a resident, told HumAngle that the armed group abducted 17 farmers and killed three other persons in Birnin-Doki of the Yarsabanya ward. A spate of terrorist attacks on farming communities trailed the successful operations of the security agents against armed groups on this axis.

Despite the heavy military presence in Jangebe, a town in the Talata-Mafara area of the state, terrorists launched a deadly attack on the community on May 6.

Residents described it as one of the worst attacks on the community recently. Basiru Ladan, a farmer in Jangebe, said the attack happened in broad daylight, around 2 p.m. 

The terrorists invaded the Mai-Kwanoga and Mashaya farming areas, killing eight villagers returning from the Jangebe market. 

“Many others, mostly farmers and business people, were also abducted and carted into terrorists’ camps,” Basiru added. 

Garba Maiturare, a resident of Tashar-Kuturu village who escaped by a whisker after he was abducted in Jangebe, said: “I was among the second batch of the people the terrorists intercepted along Tsamiyar-Gezoji. We were 31 trapped in a group and moved into the bush. But I narrowly escaped reaching their camp when I dodged from the crowd pretending to ease myself.”

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