Police engage terrorists in Zaria, rescue three
Fear grips Kaduna community over kidnap of 44
Police in Kaduna State have engaged terrorists in their Zaria hideout and rescued three captives. The victims were kidnapped along Kuriga Wusasa area of Zaria Local Council, Kaduna State, but the timely intervention of the security operatives saved them.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mansir Hassan, stated, yesterday: “While working on credible information, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Kidandan, and local vigilante groups moved into the forest, which forced the kidnappers to abandon the victims and escaped in to the bush.
“The kidnap was reportedly masterminded by loyalists of the late notorious bandit, Isah Danwasa, a native of Zaria.” The police identified the victims as Bashir Ahmad, Habila Peter and Yusha’u Peter, all from Kurega Wusasa, adding that they had been reunited with their families.
INHABITANTS of Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna have raised the alarm over incessant invasion of the community by terrorists, who kidnapped over 44 victims along the Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari highway.
The people in the troubled community said the ugly situation forced drivers plying the highway to find alternative routes. Birnin-Gwari locals, whose respite from the gruesome acts of the criminals was reportedly short-lived, said there was resurgence of kidnap for bandits, who had been waylaying travellers on the highway for the past one week, throwing the people into deep fear and confusion.
A commercial driver plying the route said about three days ago, the bandits blocked the highway and kidnapped about 20 victims, a development that made them stop travelling through the road.
Reacting to the development, spokesperson of Kaduna Police Command, ASP Mansur Hassan, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, yesterday, said “there is onslaught on the criminal elements in the bushes of Kaduna, Katsina and Niger,” adding that fear used to make the people to quote wrong number of victims.
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