Anxiety As Bandits Kidnap Over 40 Muslim Worshippers in Zamfara, Details Emerge

Anxiety As Bandits Kidnap Over 40 Muslim Worshippers in Zamfara, Details Emerge

  • On Thursday, February 29, bandits attacked a community in Zamfara state and kidnapped many worshippers
  • Multiple sources confirmed the development to newsmen and disclosed that 40 Muslim worshippers were kidnapped from a Mosque in Tsafe LGA
  • Meanwhile, the Zamfara state police command is yet to give an official statement regarding the attack journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Zamfara state - Kidnappers suspected to be bandits reportedly abducted 40 worshippers at a mosque in Tsafe town, the headquarters of Tsafe local government areas of Zamfara state.

Bandits, Zamfara community, Zamfara police command
Police have yet to react to the attack. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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As reported by Vanguard, a source from Tsafe town, identified as Yahaya Aminu, confirmed the development in an interview.

According to Yahaya, bandits in large number on Thursday morning, February 29, invaded a mosque when they are about to start their morning prayer.

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Yahaya who narrowly escaped from the abduction, said they were about to start the morning prayer on Thursday when suddenly the bandits entered into the mosque and directed everybody to go out and follow them.

Yahaya said:

"The mosque was full to capacity when the bandits attacked the place and very few of us were able to escaped.
“As I am talking to you right now more than forty (40) people have been kidnapped by the bandits.”

Meanwhile, an indigene of the area simply identified as Garba told The Punch that the bandits invaded the mosque around 5 a.m. on Thursday.

Garba said:

”We were about to start the morning prayer today, Thursday when suddenly they (bandits) entered into the mosque and directed everybody to go out and follow them.
“Everybody scampered for safety but the bandits blocked everywhere and warned us that they would kill anybody who tried to run away."

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Multiple sources disclosed further that the bandits left their motorcycles far away from the mosque so that the worshippers would not notice their movement before they came into the mosque.

One of the community leader who pleaded anonymity, said the recent inaugurated Community Protection Guard (CPG) in the area have pursued the bandits down to the bush in order to rescue the kidnapped worshippers.

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All efforts to get comments from the spokesperson for the state police command, ASP Yazid Abubakar, proved abortive, Leadership reported.

DHQ kills terrorists, arrests others in FCT and Niger state

In another development, earlier reported that the troops of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) have launched a series of operations against terrorists and bandits in different parts of the country.

According to the Director of Media Operations, Major-General Edward Buba, the troops have recorded significant successes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger state, where they killed and arrested several terrorists and violent extremists.

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Buba said the troops were on fighting patrol in Bwari Area Council in the FCT and Tafa local government area in Niger State, where they encountered and engaged the terrorists and violent extremists.


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