Scores of Residents reportedly kidnapped as gunmen go on rampge

Scores of Residents reportedly kidnapped as gunmen go on rampge


Terrorists have on Monday kidnapped over 80 people in Yar-Malamai village, Faskari Local Government Area, Katsina State, just 24 hours after killing soldiers at a local military camp.

A resident recounted that the attackers returned on Monday, looted shops, and burned houses during a 10-hour operation. “The bandits attacked again, looting, burning houses and vehicles, and abducting many residents shortly after the soldiers left,” he said.

A political office holder, who requested anonymity, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, stating that continuous attacks have forced residents to abandon the town. “Only six houses are left standing in Yar-Malamai. The bandits kidnapped about 80 people, mostly women, and looted foodstuffs and other valuables. We urgently need food and shelter and call on the government for assistance,” he pleaded.

Following the killing of soldiers and a vigilante, security forces withdrew from the area. Within hours, the bandits returned, escalating the destruction. “Only one out of eight vehicles was not set ablaze,” the official added. “We have reported this to our superiors and need the soldiers to return and protect us.”

As of the report’s filing, there was no official statement from the government or military. However, on Tuesday, the military confirmed that four soldiers were killed in Faskari LGA on Sunday.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major-General Edward Buba, clarified that the military recorded four casualties, contrary to media reports of five. He detailed that troops encountered two separate ambushes in Zamfara State. In the first ambush, four soldiers were killed, and three were wounded. In the second, five soldiers sustained minor injuries but were stabilized and evacuated.

Buba said: “During the ambush, air support and reinforcements were provided, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists. The troops have adapted to the terrorists’ tactics and maintain tactical superiority on the battlefield.”

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