Six bandits neutralized as troops repel kidnap attack in Zamfara

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Unknown gunmen have invaded Mareri community in the capital of Zamfara State and attempted to kidnap the Managing Director of Zamfara State Transport Authority (Mass Transit) Aminu Adamu Papa and his family members.

The military and local vigilantes however foiled the attack and rescued the victims killing six of the attackers in the process.

According to locals, the heavily armed bandits invaded the community around 11:30 pm on Saturday night and started shooting sporadically, they thereafter proceeded to Papa’s house and engaged the security operatives stationed there in a gun duel before overpowering the two policemen and disarming them.

One eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity to newsmen said,

“Papa and his four family members were abducted, but thank God that Soldiers and local vigilantes were quickly mobilised, they quickly engaged the bandits with serious gunfire.”

He said the gun battle with the military subsequently forced the bandits to release the abducted family members.

“The security forces went after them and killed six of the bandits including two females among them, others escaped and left the man with a gunshot wound in his leg.”

The attack comes weeks after the wife and two daughters of a lecturer at the Federal College of Education Gusau, had been abducted in the same community on New Year’s eve.

They were, however, released after a ransom was paid.



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