Northwest Nigerian gunmen abduct 80, including children.

Northwest Nigerian gunmen abduct 80, including children.
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Saturday, locals in the Nigerian state of Zamfara, where armed criminals frequently kidnap villagers for ransom, reported that at least eighty people had been abducted. The majority of victims were females and children.

Hundreds of northern Nigerian communities have been attacked by armed groups over the past several years, while attacks by Islamic extremists have persisted in the northeast.

Friday’s abduction occurred in Wanzamai village in the Tsafe local government area of Zamfara, according to three residents. Zamfara is one of the regions hardest affected by kidnappings.

Musa Usman, whose 14-year-old son Ibrahim was among those abducted, reported that children and women from the community were kidnapped by assailants while they were preparing the land for cultivation and gathering kindling.

Usman said that the abducted children “went to collect firewood from various households, and a few of them were headed to fields in search of labor.”

Mohammed Shehu, the police spokesman for Zamfara, issued a statement verifying the abduction but did not specify the number of victims. The police were coordinating with the military and local security forces to rescue the imprisoned individuals, he added.

According to Haruna Noma, another father, some of the missing were from the neighboring villages of Kucheri and Danwuri; they had traveled to Wanzamai to clear land for cultivation.

Locals report that the kidnappers have not yet demanded a ransom.

Amina Tsafe stated that her daughter was among the abducted, and that the preponderance of victims were adolescents.

If ransom is not paid, kidnappers in Nigeria will keep captives for months and demand protection money from villages before allowing them to cultivate or harvest their harvests.

Even though the Nigerian military has been bombarding forest compounds frequented by armed groups, the attacks have continued.

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