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Wedding Party, 11 Others Abducted In Nigeria’s Northwest

A bride and her friends were seized, shortly followed by a group of farmers. It is not yet known if the two attacks in the same area of Zamfara state area are linked, or where the victims have been taken.

Terrorists struck twice in a matter of hours in the same part of Zamfara Northewest Nigeria, kidnapping a bridal party and a group of farmers.

The group of women escorting a bride to her wedding were seized on the road between Zugu and Gadarzaima in Bukuyum Local Government Area at about 6 a.m. on Oct 30. 

On the same day at least 11 farmers were taken as they went to work their fields, approximately 15 kms away in the Village of Tajaye. 

It is not yet known where the victims were taken and it is possible they have been seized by totally different groups, despite the proximity of the attacks.

This happened on the same day the police rescued four abductees from Kuraje village in the same LGA.

According to Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), the victims were earlier abducted by the armed gang and spent 16 days in captivity at Munhaye forest. The forest is known harbour one of the deadliest terror camps in the state. 

“Their rescue was following a collaborative effort of the Police and vigilante group sequel to the  report received by the State Command on the abduction of the victims,” the Police said.

Sarkin Fawa, a victim who was released by the terrorists from the same camp the current abductees are being held, told HumAngle he paid a ransom of N1.3 million in cash.

“Ibrahim Na’usama’s armed gang released us and kidnapped farmers from Tajaye village,” Fawa said. “We saw the terrorists carrying the villagers at the time we were to be released this evening.” 

It has not yet been ascertained how many people were abducted in the recent attacks. 

“We are contacting our sources to confirm the incident and embark on search and rescue operations,” Shehu said.

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