Greater than 100 folks, together with ladies and kids, have been kidnapped when armed males raided 4 villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara state on Sunday, the knowledge commissioner and residents mentioned on Monday.
Kidnapping has develop into endemic in northwestern Nigeria as roving gangs of armed males kidnap folks from villages, roads and farms and demand ransom cash from their relations.
Greater than 40 folks have been kidnapped from Kanwa village in Zurmi Native Authorities Space of Zamfara, Zamfara Commissioner for Data Ibrahim Dosara and a neighborhood resident mentioned.
One other 37, largely ladies and kids, have been taken in Kwabre group in the identical native authorities space, added the resident, who declined to be named for safety causes.
“Proper now Kanwa village is abandoned, the bandits break up into two teams and attacked the group. They kidnapped kids aged 14-16 and ladies,” mentioned the resident of Kanwa village.
In Yankaba and Gidan Goga communities in Maradun Native Authorities Space, at the least 38 folks have been kidnapped whereas engaged on their farms, residents mentioned.
Data Commissioner Dosara accused the gunmen of utilizing the abductees as human shields towards air raids by the navy.
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 navy has additionally come below fireplace after a few of its airstrikes have been discovered to have brought about civilian deaths.
Final month, the Nigerian Air Pressure mentioned it was reviewing “all reviews of unintended airstrikes towards civilians in addition to the circumstances that led to such assaults.”