Greater than 100 individuals, together with girls and kids, had been kidnapped when gunmen raided 4 villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara state on Sunday, the knowledge commissioner and residents stated on Monday.
Kidnapping has turn out to be endemic in northwest Nigeria as roving gangs of armed males abduct individuals from villages, highways and farms, and demand ransom cash from their family members.
Greater than 40 individuals had been kidnapped from Kanwa village in Zurmi native authorities space of Zamfara, Zamfara info commissioner Ibrahim Dosara and one native resident stated.
One other 37, principally girls and kids had been taken in Kwabre neighborhood in the identical native authorities space, the resident added, declining to be named for safety causes.
“Proper now Kanwa village is abandoned, the bandits divided themselves into two teams and attacked the neighborhood. They kidnapped kids aged between 14 to 16 years and girls,” the Kanwa village resident stated.
In Yankaba and Gidan Goga communities of Maradun Native authorities space, not less than 38 individuals had been kidnapped whereas engaged on their farms, residents stated.
Data commissioner Dosara accused the gunmen of utilizing abductees as human shields in opposition to air raids from the army.
Nigerian forces have launched a sequence 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 army has additionally come below criticism after a few of its air raids had been discovered to have precipitated civilian deaths.
Final month, Nigeria’s Air Power stated it was reviewing “all allegations of unintentional air strikes on civilians in addition to evaluate the circumstances resulting in such strikes.”