Gunmen abduct 5 people in Katsina
No fewer than five people were abducted, and two wounded after suspected bandits on Sunday stormed Kadisau village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State.
According to locals, the incident happened around 12:30am when the bandits invaded the village and operated for about an hour.
Tasi’u Audu, who escaped unhurt from the attack, said he could not ascertain the number of the attackers but they were many and came on foot.
“When they came around 12:30am, some of them were positioned in strategic places in the village and they kept shooting at people and in the air. Two people were fatally wounded. They abducted five persons including three Qur’anic school students,” he said.
Audi added that the bandits did not loot or steal animals as they usually did. He expressed concern that relatives of those abducted were yet to be contacted by the bandits.
Mustapha Kurma, who was shot in the lower abdomen said almost all the bandits carried AK47 rifles.
“I cannot say exactly what happened after I was shot. All I know is that we were gathered at the village centre chatting when we heard gunshots and we quickly dispersed. Unfortunately, a bullet hit me in my lower abdomen and passed through to hit my friend on his left thigh,” he said.
“Security agents were informed by telephone and they swiftly came but the bandits had quickly left the village along with the people they abducted. They did not wait to engage the security agents,” Kurma added.
In a related development, 17 people abducted at Dan-Raku in Faskari LGA have reportedly regained their freedom, last Saturday, after spending 25 days in captivity.
According to Bala Sadi from the area, the freed 17 were abducted in January at a wedding ceremony.
The bride, her maids, the groom and his relatives were abducted at gunpoint.
Ransom in undisclosed amount was said to have been paid before their release.