KASUWA-DAJI TOWN, Nigeria: Gunmen suspected to be bandits unleashed havoc in Kasuwa-Daji Town, located in the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Nigeria, in the early hours of Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of at least four individuals, including two police officers, according to reports.
The brazen attack, characterized by the use of sophisticated weaponry including anti-aircraft guns, also resulted in the abduction of no fewer than forty residents by the assailants.
Yazid Abubakar, spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command, confirmed the incident to Channels Television but was unable to provide an exact figure for the number of abducted individuals.
“We are yet to confirm the number of the residents abducted but the Commissioner of Police has deployed additional troops to restore normalcy in the town,” Abubakar stated.
However, local residents reported that approximately forty individuals have been missing since the onslaught by the bandits.
Abubakar Kaura, a resident of Kaura-Namoda town, disclosed that the bandits also targeted the residence of the former State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Hamisu Kasuwar-Daji, and abducted one of his wives and grandchildren.
Kaura further revealed that the house of the former NURTW chief is adjacent to a police station in the town, where the bandits engaged in a violent confrontation, disarming the policemen on duty and claiming the lives of two officers.
The attack underscores the persistent security challenges facing Zamfara State, as criminal elements continue to terrorize communities and perpetrate acts of violence with impunity.