Three children killed, their mothers kidnapped in gunmen highway ambush attack

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed three children and abducted their mothers on a highway along Kaduna Birnin Gwari.

It was gathered that the armed men also abducted four other children of a former official of the Nigerian an Correctional Center, known as Muhammadu Gagare.

Report stated that the gunmen had opened fire on commuters around Ungwan Dangedda near Buruku, around 11am on Thursday.

The father of the victims told reporters that Saidu, a student killed in the incident, was his child among others.
The driver of the vehicle got hit by a bullet fired by the bandits and lost control of the vehicle.

“Three of my children Saidu, Abdulrashid and Rahmatu were killed. My four other children alongside my two wives were abducted by the bandits on same day. We have not heard from their abductors because my wives had no phones with them when the incident happened,” he said.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Homes Affairs in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan confirmed the incident in a statement but said it was an accident that occurred after the bandits opened fire on the commuters.

According to him, “security report shows that the bandits attacked commuters on the road while running from aggressive patrols of the security agencies.
He said rescue efforts revealed that six persons died on the spot as listed below:

“Abdurrashid Ya’u, Sa’idu Ya’u, Ramatu Ya’u , and an unidentified infant. Others are Suwaiba Ali and Sulaiman Ustaz.”

He also said after the vehicle stopped, the bandits fled the area and left other travellers from a different vehicle with injuries.

The travellers are Ubale Yahuza ,Rabiu Ibrahim, Umar Musa, Saude Yusuf, Mohammed Aminu and Kadima Mercy.

The Commissioner said Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness at the report, while sending his condolences to their families and prayed for peaceful rest of lives lost in the incident.

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