- Some gunmen attacked Benin-Ore road on Wednesday, March 10
- The criminals killed some persons, according to reports from eyewitnesses
- However, the police are yet to confirm the development or give any statement on the number of casualties
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The Benin-Ore expressway suddenly became a target on the morning of Wednesday, March 10, for terrorists who opened fire and caused great mayhem among travellers.
Although the number of casualties is yet to be confirmed, an eye-witness who spoke with journalists claimed that some persons were killed in the operation, The News reports.
While some motorists were forced to park their vehicles and flee for safety, others who aimlessly ran for cover were said to have met another gang of criminals in a nearby bush.
Meanwhile, some innocent Nigerian travelers including infants had lost their lives at the hands of bandits in Zankoro village along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway on Sunday, January 3.
Also, no fewer than 11 people were kidnapped by the bandits on the same day at Dan Kungi village in the Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
Chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Progressives Union, Salisu Haruna, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, January 4.
The statement decried what it described as an alarming rise of banditry and killings in Birnin Gwari general area. According to him, more than 40 persons were abducted by the bandits between December 20, 2020 and January 4, 2021.
The statement read in part:
“A total of nine innocent travelers were killed at Zankoro along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway on Sunday, January 3, 2021. A total of 11 people were kidnapped at Dan Kungi village on Sunday January 3, 2021."
Recall that Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 19 people were killed in a fresh two-day attack by bandits in Kaduna state.
Twelve of the deceased were indigenes of Kaya, Giwa local government area. Also, two married women were among an unspecified number of the villagers said to have been kidnapped by the bandits during the coordinated attacks, while nine persons sustained bullet injuries.
Legit.ng also reported that suspected bandits recently invaded Kawaran Rafi village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state and killed Danleeman Isah, the Chief Imam of the village.
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