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Terrorists strike again in Borno, abduct 35 commuters

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Less than seven days to Christmas, terrorists suspected to be members of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) version of Boko Haram struck in Borno State again.

Tribune Online, on Saturday, gathered that no fewer than 35 passengers were abducted by the terrorists along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.

Information pieced together from AFP and other news sources revealed that the abductors ambushed the commuters on the highway.

Findings showed that no fewer than 50 cases of abduction of travellers had occurred along the same highway this year.

Information gathered also revealed that suspected Boko Haram fighters had kidnapped two aid workers travelling from Damaturu to Maiduguri, who they reportedly killed later.

In a report by Premuim Times, the terrorists were said to have staged a surprise attack on travellers at about 11am on the road on Friday.

The attack was said to have caused panic as motorists had to find means of escaping the onslaught of the gunmen.

It was gathered also that the militants returned to the highway in the evening of same day and mounted a roadblock at a town called Jakana.

Quoting security sources, Premium Times reported that one of the victims was a truck driver whose truck was shot at before it was set ablaze.

“The insurgents who were dressed in military uniforms drove out of the bush in five Hilux vans,” said a witness who pleaded anonymity for security reasons. “They later waylaid nine commercial vehicles and forced away from the passengers into the bush.”

A senior military officer was quoted as saying that “the passengers initially sighted a burning fire, but they thought it was bush burning, not knowing it was an ambush.

“However, as the other cars were approaching the scene, they suddenly sighted the insurgents moving towards them on trucks mounted with weapons. Before they could turn their vehicles to run, the insurgents had already caught up with them.

“Many of the passengers fled into the bush, but about 35 of them were abducted. Two private vehicles and one truck were also set ablaze. Nine other passenger vehicles belonging to the abducted travellers were also abandoned at the scene while their property was looted.”

-Sunday Tribune

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Bandits abduct another first class monarch In Kaduna

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Some gunmen have abducted the traditional ruler of Jaba in the Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Gyet Maude.
A brother of the monarch, Anthony Maude, confirmed the abduction on Monday.
He said the monarch was kidnapped on his farm in the Gitata community of Nasarawa State.
Gitata is located in the boundary between Kaduna and Nasarawa states.

The kidnappers were said to have stormed the farm at about 2pm and abducted the traditional ruler, leaving his aides behind.

The abduction is coming about two weeks after Alhassan Adamu, the Emir of Kajuru, in the Kajuru LGA of Kaduna, was abducted.

Neither the Kaduna State Government nor the police authorities had reacted to the incident as of filing this report.

Mohammad Jalige, spokesman for the Kaduna State police command, did not respond to telephone calls and a text message when contacted.

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Bandits kill seven vigilantes in Zamfara, burn armoured vehicle

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Seven vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai have been killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The armed criminals reportedly invaded the community around 3am firing several shots in the air and then went into some houses abducting 13 people, including women.
Dansadau, a community located 100km south of Gusau, the state capital, has suffered series of deadly raids.
The armed men decided to spike their assaults on the community after the local vigilantes extra judicially executed suspected bandits some months back.
The residents of the community also blocked the suspected bandits from getting foods such as bread and soft drinks from the local traders in the community.
The bandits who were apparently angered by the moves blocked the residents of the community who are largely farmers from accessing their farmlands in retaliation.
Dozens of farmers have been killed or abducted since the start of this year’s cropping season.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

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Four policemen killed in Enugu gunmen attack on checkpoint

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Unidentified armed men have killed four policemen during an attack on a police checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Besides the security operatives, many residents and passers-by, who ran into the incident, were reportedly killed or severely wounded by stray bullets during the gunfight.
The policemen were said to have repelled the attack, although there were casualties on both sides.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which started at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu, lasted till 7pm.
A source, who craved anonymity, said he identified four policemen, one pastor and a neighbourhood watch officer among the dead who have been taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
The source said, “The gun battle between the policemen and the unknown gunmen was too heavy.
“The entire area was thrown into confusion as everybody within the scene scampered for safety.
“We have not experienced this type of incident in this area. It happened along Obeagu–Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu a few kilometres from Enugu State capital.”
However, the operatives of the Amagunze police division, who were quickly alerted, ambushed the gunmen as they attempted to escape and shot dead some of them, according to the source, who also added that a police patrol van was set ablaze by the gunmen during the attack.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident but was silent on the number of casualties.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA is still sketchy.”
He said preliminary investigation had commenced, assuring that further development would be communicated.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered automatic employment to the wives of the slain police officers.
He also paid three-month salaries of their late husbands including other cash donations.
The governor announced the employment offer when he paid condolence visits to families of some of the slain police officers.
He, however, said the employment offer could be swapped for scholarship for their children up to secondary school.

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