- Suspected gunmen have reportedly abducted 40 passengers in Kastina
- The victims were kidnapped while returning to Batsari town after weekly market at neighbouring Jibia town
- The police command in the state, however, said that only seven persons were abducted
No fewer than 40 passengers have been reportedly kidnapped in Katsina state when gunmen ambushed two Peugeot J5 buses on the night of Sunday, January 5.
Daily Trust reports that the buses were said to be returning from a weekly market at neighbouring Jibia town on their way to Batsari town.
Legit.ng gathered that they were attacked around Ruma village.
According to the report, while locals alleged that about 40 persons were kidnapped, the police command in the state said only seven persons were abducted.
The newspaper noted that sources said the bandits had blocked the road and moved all the passengers numbering between 38 and 40 into the bush.
The state police public relations officer, SP Gambo Isah, however, said that the command wished to clarify rumours being circulated in the social media that on Sunday, January 5, in the evening, bandits kidnapped 40 persons along Jibia-Batsari road.
He said: “What truly happened was that yesterday 5/01/2020 at about 18:00hrs, bandits numbering over 60 and armed with AK 47 rifles blocked Jibia-Batsari road, exactly at Ruma village, forcefully stopped two J5 motor vehicles and took the occupants of the vehicles into the bush.
“Search party led by Operation Puff Adder went after the hoodlums but succeeded in rescuing all the victims with the exception of seven others. The police, in collaboration with community members, are combing the bush with a view to rescuing the remaining seven persons not seen.”
Isah gave the names of those still in captivity as Maazu Yasore, Alhaji Nuhu, Kabiru Hashimu, Dan Asibi Tela, Sani Kokari, Nura Shambal and Ali Dan Maituwo.
The state police command, however, confirmed the attacked on Tsauri community where one Yasir Usman was killed.
Locals said gunmen stormed the village in Kurfi LGA at about 7.30 pm on Sunday, January 5, shooting sporadically as people ran for safety.
The deceased was reportedly buried on the morning of Monday, January 6, after a funeral prayer held at his family house in Goruba road in Katsina municipal.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a Nigerian Army captain and four soldiers were killed by some gunmen in an ambush in Sarkin Pawa in Munya local government area of Niger state.
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