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Panic in Bauchi communities as gunmen kill 4, kidnap 1

Communities in Burra District, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State are in panic over series of attacks by gunmen suspected to be armed bandits.

So far, four people have been killed, one person kidnapped and others injured.

The bandits attacked Yadagungume and Limi where they killed three people. Within 24 hours they attacked Agwarmaji village and killed one person.

Residents of the area, Sadam Mato, Fatima Sani and Iliya Haruna told reporters in Bauchi that the four people killed had been buried in the community according to Islamic rites.

Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer Mohammed Ahmed Wakil confirmed the incident, adding that one person was receiving treatment.

He said the incident was reported to the police on Wednesday, at about 5.00a.m.

“Some unknown gunmen invaded Yadagungume village, shot two people one Shuaibu Sani, 25 and one Ruwa Ali, 35, all males, living in Limi village via Sama Ward, while one Yusuf Sani, 30 of Yadagungume, sustained bullet wounds on his body and was rushed to General Hospital Ningi, he is presently on admission receiving treatment.,” he said.

Also, gunmen have abducted 26-year-old Shuaibu Bala of the same Yadagungume and whisked him to an unknown destination.

Wakil said the command received a distress call and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Burra Division led a team of policemen and went to the scene of the crime, where 13 empty shells of AK-47 were recovered, while the suspects are still at large.

He said that two corpses were taken to a hospital in Yadagungume for medical examination, where they were certified dead by a medical doctor and their remains released to their families for burial.

“One of the victims I mentioned above was kidnapped and later found with a bullet wound on his body. He too, his corpse was taken to the hospital, we are still waiting for his medical report.”

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Mamman Sanda,  has directed the Area Commander and the DPO Burra to intensify efforts to see that perpetrators of the act are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law,” he added.

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