Terrorists abduct ‘many’ in Katsina

By James Danjuma

Terrorists have abducted an unspecified number of people, including women and children, at Farfaru and Kwari communities in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina state.

The Farfaru incident happened at about 3pm on Saturday, while the Kwari incident occurred at about 9.30pm of the same day. It was gathered that the terrorists also rustled several domestic animals from the two communities, and shot some of the residents that were trying to flee from the attack.

No lives were said to have been lost, however, several persons were said to have been injured and currently receiving treatment at the hospital. It was also gathered that the attack led to a mass exodus of residents from the two communities, with several of them currently located at Jibia town. The Trumpet Gathered

A source living in the area said the number of those abducted were “many”, and that several community members were yet to know about the whereabouts of their loved ones.

He said several of those abducted were women and children, including the elderly ones, as they were not able to flee into the bush when the terrorists stormed both communities. He said that as at Sunday afternoon, some of the residents were still making frantic efforts to know about the fate of their loved ones.

One of the residents of Farfaru community said the terrorists were on a reprisal mission. According to him, the terrorists were unhappy because of the arrest of some of their colleagues few days ago by security operatives. He added that the terrorists were suspecting that some people in the community gave security operatives the information that led to the arrest of their colleagues.

“Only God knows the number of our villagers that the terrorists kidnapped. They also burnt down our houses and rustled our animals. “Security operatives who arrived Farfaru later saved us from further punishment in the hands of the terrorists. The Security operatives drove them back to the forests.

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Many of us have relocated to Jibia for our own safety,” he said. Terrorists also ransacked Kwari village, shot several people and rustled dozens of animals. Some of those injured are receiving treatment at the Jibia hospital, while the village is said to have been deserted.

When contacted, spokesperson for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the incidents, but did not provide details. Isah said he would need to get across to the DPO in charge of the two communities to know what actually happened.

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