Bandits in the early hours of Monday stormed Kofar gayan area of Zaria city, Kaduna State and abducted a secondary school teacher, his wife and six other persons.
According to eyewitnesses, the bandits began operating since late evening when they mounted road block along the entrance of Kofar gayan and handpicked their victims.
Most of the victims were said to be returning from work at a Bakery outside the Kofar gayan gate of the city.
It would be recalled that Kofar gayan area has of late become kidnappers’ den witnessing several attacks, a development which rated the area, the highest number of abductions in Zaria.
Malam Ibrahim Sani, a resident of the area who spoke to journalists said,” The attackers came in large number and went from house to house after handpicking other victims on the road.
“When they abducted Malam Yahaya who is a primary school teacher and Islamic scholar on his way home from the Bakery, they moved him to his house where they also abducted his wife.
“They then went to other neighboring residents and abducted unspecified number of persons” he said, adding that “the bandits conducted their house to house raid silently without shooting sporadically as they used to do.
“It was after abducting their victims and finished their operation that they started to shoot into the air, as they were departing the area with the captives,” Sani recalled.
When contacted, the Kaduna state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Mohammed Jalinge promised to call back but had not done so as at the time of filing this report.