Nigeria: Gunmen abduct greater than 100 in northeastern Zamfara state

Greater than 100 individuals, together with girls and kids, had been kidnapped when gunmen raided 4 villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara state on Sunday, the data commissioner and residents stated on Monday.

Kidnapping has grow to be endemic in northwest Nigeria as roving gangs of armed males abduct individuals from villages, highways and farms, and demand ransom cash from their kin.

Greater than 40 individuals had been kidnapped from Kanwa village in Zurmi native authorities space of Zamfara, Zamfara data commissioner Ibrahim Dosara and one native resident stated.

One other 37, largely girls and kids had been taken in Kwabre group in the identical native authorities space, the resident added, declining to be named for safety causes.

“Right now Kanwa village is deserted, the bandits divided themselves into two groups and attacked the community. They kidnapped children aged between 14 to 16 years and women,” the Kanwa village resident stated.

In Yankaba and Gidan Goga communities of Maradun Native authorities space, not less than 38 individuals had been kidnapped whereas engaged on their farms, residents stated.

Data commissioner Dosara accused the gunmen of utilizing abductees as human shields towards air raids from the army.

Nigerian forces have launched a collection of airstrikes in Zamfara and different troubled northern states, neutralizing many insurgents and dislodging them from their hideouts within the area’s huge forest reserves.

The nation’s army has additionally come beneath criticism after a few of its air raids had been discovered to have prompted civilian deaths.

Final month, Nigeria’s Air Drive stated it was reviewing “all allegations of accidental air strikes on civilians as well as review the circumstances leading to such strikes.”