NIGERIA – Unknown gunmen have kidnapped more than 50 people, including women and children, in an attack on a village in northwestern Nigeria, Reuters quoted police as saying on Thursday.
According to Reuters, the attack on Wurma village in Katsina, northwest Nigeria, began at around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police said the number of abductees was 15, but many residents confirmed that the number of abductees was much higher, possibly reaching at least 50.
Al-Hajji Musa, who has lost two daughters to the kidnappers, said that more than 100 gang members “were firing from every direction”.
The kidnapping “lasted for about three hours without anyone daring to confront them,” he said.
Witnesses said that at least 53 people were abducted, including pregnant women, infants and children, and the sources said that the attackers have demanded a ransom from some residents. The attackers also stole sheep and food, the sources said.
Katsina State Police said in a statement that 15 women were abducted but 10 were released without injuries after police exchanged gunfire with the kidnappers.
“Search teams are combing the nearby Bushin area in order order to rescue the rest,” the police said.
Nigeria has known unrest and violent infighting for years now, with armed gangs and Wahhabi terrorist groups terrorising the local population