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Insecurity: Imam, 19 others kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara 


Suspected bandits have invaded Dutsen Gari of Kanoma community in Maru local government area of Zamfara state, abducting Imam and 19 others during Friday congressional prayer.

The worshipers according to report, gathered at the community Jumma’at Mosque listening to sermon from the Imam while the bandits waited for the prayer to begin before the incident occurred.

The suspected bandits were said to be well armed with assorted guns attacked and whisked away no fewer than hundreds of people just after the first raka’at.

Our source revealed that the abductees were later paraded in the bush by the bandits for screening calling names from a list, selecting their victims by their names revealing that they selected 20 persons that were specially listed for the abduction.


He further explained that it was after the screening that five of the kidnapped victims were killed and twenty were moved into the bush by their abductors.

Findings further revealed that the community are trying to ascertain the number of wounded and those that might have ran out of the community for fear of losing their dear life.

The state Police Public Relation officer SP Muhammad Shehu confirmed the abduction of only five and killing of two by the bandits.

He disclosed that the police, other sister security agencies and some local vigilante group were in search for rescue of the kidnapped victims.

Shehu while calling for calm in the communities and its environs stated that security has been beefed up to ensure that the gruesome incident does not occur again.

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