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Bandits kidnap several commuters on Kaduna-Zaria road

Suspected bandits on Thursday mounted roadblocks on the Kaduna-Zaria road and kidnapped several commuters.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement said the incident occurred around Foundation general area within Birnin Yero Ward.

He said, “They opened fire on commuters, during which they abducted and fled with unconfirmed number of commuters.”

He said troops pursued the criminals, compelling them to abandon five earlier abducted commuters.

He explained that the commuters were subsequently rescued by troops, while the highway was immediately cleared for free flow of vehicular traffic. Sadly, one of the commuters sustained a gunshot injury and was evacuated immediately for medical attention.

Expressing the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya’s appreciation, he commended the troops for their gallantry and urged them not to relent until terrorism, and other criminalities are brought to an end in the region.

According to him, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division NA, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, has also urged all law-abiding citizens to continue to support the troops and other security agencies with credible and actionable information that will assist in the fight against the criminal elements.

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