Kidnappers, yesterday, abducted nine people, including two children at Anguwar Kwankwashe in Suleja, Niger state.
Daily Trust reported that nine persons were earlier abducted but two escaped as they were being led into the bush.
A neighbour, Shehu Abdulkadir, who witnessed the incident, said the kidnappers invaded the area and forcefully gained entrance into the house of their victims at around 1:35 am on Tuesday.
He said the gunmen, who came in large numbers, also invaded a hotel, where they abducted a man and a woman from their hotel room.
“They split into groups to attack homes from where they took their victims.”
“It was even the sound of their gunshots that woke me up. I walked quietly to check the window and discovered that some of the kidnappers were even dressed like soldiers,” The eye witness said.
A vigilante, who pleaded anonymity, said he alerted men of the ‘C’ police division immediately he heard the sound of sporadic gunshots in the area.
He said the vigilante mobilised to join the police from C division to engage the kidnappers in a shootout, but the kidnappers still escaped with their victims.
When contacted, the Madalla Divisional Police Officer (DPO) CSP Adamu Mohammed confirmed the kidnap incident and the abductions of the children and the other persons.
He said the police were investigating the incident and will release details to the press soon.