No fewer than three people have been killed and many others, including women and children, abducted, in a series of attacks by suspected kidnappers in Taraba and Katsina states.
This happened on Sunday.
Bandits were said to have abducted many women in Bali town, headquarters of the Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
It was gathered that the attackers, who rode on motorcycles, first killed an official of the Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint.
According to the Tiv Central leader and Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II), two of his subjects were also killed and many women were abducted.
He said, “The attackers invaded the town around 11pm. Two of my subjects were killed during the attack, while two others, who were badly injured, are receiving treatment in a hospital.
“Many people, mostly women, were abducted. It’s a terrible situation. For over four hours, the bandits held the town hostage, shooting sporadically and there was no response from security agencies.”
Also on Sunday, suspected terrorists abducted the wife of Mani Kaita, the younger brother of the Senator representing Daura Senatorial District of Katsina State, Ahmed Kaita.
The gunmen also abducted two children in Mani’s neighbourhood at Unguwar Bakin Kasuwa, in the Kankia LGA of the state.
Residents disclosed that the gunmen arrived at Mani’s residence late at night and abducted his wife before storming a nearby house where the two children were kidnapped.
The residents identified their father as Sabe Halilu.
The gunmen were also said to have beaten and manhandled the mother of the children before disappearing with the kids.
Residents further claimed that the gunmen operated in the community for over two hours.