Armed bandits have abducted about 60 persons, mostly children, in the border communities of Zamfara and Katsina states.
The affected victims are from the Kucheri, Wanzamai, and Danwuri communities of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, and Yankara town in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The incidents happened in the early hours of Friday when the terrorists were moving from Sububu Forest in Zamfara State to neighbouring Birnin-Gwari Forest in Kaduna State.
Although police authorities in the state are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses say the terrorists were fleeing Zamfara territory due to heavy military bombardment that led to the killing of over 100 bandits within the week.
A resident of Tsafe, Ahmad Kucheri, told newsmen that the fleeing bandits who suffered heavy casualties from the military were abducting people they sight along their way out of the state.
He said most of the people abducted were picked inside their various farms, some children that were fetching firewood and local fertilizers in the bush, and some workers in local mining sites.