Zamfara: Bandits strike again, Kidnap 26 travellers in broad day light

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Bandits operating along the Gusau-Sokoto highway have struck again, as they reportedly kidnapped over 26 travelers in the area.

The incident occurred near Kwaren Kirya village on Tuesday in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, where the terror group blocked the road and seized passengers from a Toyota 18-seater bus and a Volkswagen Golf vehicle.

According to a resident of the area who spoke on condition of anonymity, the frequency of such attacks is becoming alarming, with bandits now blocking the road on a daily basis.

“As I’m talking to you now, about 30 minutes ago, those bandits have blocked another side of the road. They cleared the passengers of an 18-seater bus and a golf.

“The situation is worrisome because it has become an everyday thing for these people to be blocking the road,” the source stated.

“The resident also raised concerns about the village of Balge along the highway”, alleging that it served as a hideout for suspected bandits.

“There is a village when you pass that Kwaren Kirya called Balge, about 80% of settlers in that village are bandits,” the source added.

“There was a time they were chased out of the place but a majority of the people there were bandits. We just need the government to help us and station military around the area.”

They called for increased security measures in the area, urging the government to deploy security outposts to curb the activities of criminals.

“As at the time of filing this reports, police authorities in the state have not issued any statements regarding the latest abduction incident”, according to local media, Journalist101 online.

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