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12 abducted in fresh kidnapping attack in Zaria

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By Salim Yunusa

Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of 12 persons in a new residential area of Kofar Gayan–Kofar Kona axis of Zaria on Saturday night.

Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mohammad Jalige, said: “Yes there was an incident in Zaria and some of the victims were rescued.”

On whether the kidnappers have reached out for ransom, Jalige said that in most cases the families of the victims usually choose not to disclose the dealings between them and the kidnappers. He, however, disclosed that effort was on to secure the release of those still held.

It was gathered that eight residents, mostly males, were kidnapped from one house. Daughter of one of the abductees, Hafsat Kusfa, said the bandits broke into their home around midnight and went from room to room bringing out all the occupants, and thereafter, assembled them in the compound.

She explained that the kidnappers, who invaded their house with guns and machetes, spoke Fulani language among themselves and Hausa language when they needed to talk to their captives.

“They took away my father, mother, sister and brothers. In all, they took eight people from our residence. We also saw some of their colleagues bringing out other people, mostly males, from our neighbourhood and later went away with them.”

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