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July 24, 2024

Terrorist kidnap military officer’s wife, several others in Kaduna

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Terrorist on Tuesday night invaded Keke (A) and Keke (B) communities of New Kaduna Millennium City and kidnapped the wife of a military officer and several other persons.

It was gathered that the invaders stormed the area around 11pm to 12am and operated for over one hour before security operatives came to engage the hoodlums in a gun duel.

An eyewitness, resident of the area, who pleaded for anonymity, said three persons were kidnapped by the bandits at Keke ‘A’.

The source, who is a primary school teacher in one of the schools in the area revealed that the bandits were suspected to have targeted a house of the military officer located at Keke A.

“The bandits came around 11pm. I think their main target was a house at Keke A. The house belongs to a military officer. But at the time of the attack, the officer was not at home. So, the kidnappers broke into the house and picked up his wife.

“They also kidnapped another man who is the immediate neighbour of the military officer.

“In fact, the neighbour was picked alongside his eight-year-old daughter, but they eventually dropped the little girl when they could not bear the yelling of the mother.

“I think it was at that point they started shooting sporadically to scare away people who might think of coming to their aid.

“While all that was happening, another man who was just returning home in his car at that time ran into the kidnappers. He was the third person that was taken away,” the source said.

“As of this morning, we saw many shoes on the ground and we became scared that those must be the shoes of the people kidnapped. But, one of the people who escaped the attack told us the shoes belong to those who ran away,” the source added.

He however said that a man, his wife and their two house girls were kidnapped in Keke B.

“I was so terrified. I just got out of the bathroom abruptly and switched off all the lights inside my house. The gunshots were so close, that it was like the bandits were inside my compound. I later discovered that one man, his wife and their two house girls were kidnapped,” the resident said.

At the time of filing the report, the state Police Public Relations Officer was yet to issue a statement on the development.

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