Civilian JTF leader, resident, seven terrorists killed in gun duel
• Bandits kidnap doctor, 15 others in Kaduna
• Abductors shoot train victim in captivity as families visit Reps, plead for their release
• We remain neutral in fight against terrorists, says Red Cross
Commander of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) and a resident of Sabon Gero in Kaduna Millennium City were killed by terrorists, who invaded the community on Tuesday night.
The Guardian gathered that the bandits, who lost seven of their members, also kidnapped 16 residents of the area, including a medical doctor and six members of his family.
The terrorists reportedly stormed the community on motorcycles around 10 p.m. and started shooting sporadically, which left thousands of the inhabitants of the city in panic.
It was also gathered that the commander and other members of civilian JTF immediately opened fire at the bandits, unaware that they were very close.
“The bandits shot the commander in the legs and he fell down before they scattered his skull with bullets. A resident that was also hit by a bullet died on the way to the hospital,” a local told journalists, yesterday.
Police spokesman, DSP Mohammed Jalige, did not respond to calls by our reporter to confirm the attack.
But a leader of the Millennium City, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian: “Though it was a night of exchange of gunfire between the terrorists and JTF, the JTF gunned down seven of them.”
ABDUCTORS of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers have shot one victim in captivity, leaving him in critical condition. This has put the lives of others under serious threat.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s spokesman, Tukur Mamu, said the shooting occurred on Monday during a “friendly exchange of fire” in the forest among the bandits guarding the victims.
Noting that he doubted “the friendly” shoot-out, Mamu, who is negotiating for the release of the victims, confirmed that the victim was in a health crisis.
Family members of the victims have intensified their plea to the Federal Government to hasten the release of their loved ones in captivity.
During a visit to the House of Representatives, yesterday, two family members of the victims, who spoke on behalf of others, also pleaded with the lawmakers to urgently intervene in the matter.
They were received by Bamidele Salam (from Osun State) and Manu Masur (from Bauchi), who represented 11 lawmakers that had been pushing for the release of the captives.
A victim’s wife, Matilda Kabir, expressed shock that one of the captives was shot, expressing fear about the next victim.
Responding, the lawmakers said they, initiated contact with two persons directly involved with the negotiations for the release to see at what level they could also try to appeal to them to soften the grounds of the abductors so that whatever their demands, the government would be able to meet them.
MEANWHILE, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has said it will remain neutral in Nigeria’s fight against terrorists in the North East.
Disclosing that it often provided medical assistance to injured terrorists, whenever it came across them, ICRC declared that it was in Nigeria to support people affected by the armed conflict, regardless of the sides they are.
Communications Coordinator for ICRC Nigeria Delegation, Robin Waudo, during a media training for correspondents on Humanitarian Reporting, in Abuja, said the neutrality of the Red Cross in conflict situations in Nigeria helped it gain access to difficult territories.
He said: that ICRC does not know terrorists or the military when someone is wounded. If a Nigerian soldier is wounded and needed assistance, we assist; same with the terrorists.
“The international humanitarian law states that wounded persons should first be protected, cared for and treated, no matter the sides they are.”