Nigeria: 23 people kidnapped by gunmen

At least 23 people were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a highway in the troubled Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna State in Nigeria on Friday.

Kebi, a commercial driver, who escaped the scene of the kidnap, said about five vehicles were intercepted during the abduction on Friday morning.

“At least five vehicles were intercepted by Kidnappers along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road around 11.00am this morning Friday. At least 23 people were kidnapped, including a nursing mother and one other kid. The incident occurred at Kwanar-tsauni between Udawa and Labi” Kebi was quoted as saying by local Daily Post.

So far, a dozen of attacks have been recorded in the northwestern region of Nigeria, despite efforts to calm the situation by the government.

Earlier, on 31 May, at least 25 passengers were abducted on the same road by gunmen. They were also occupying five vehicles when the gunmen struck, leading them to a bush.

In the last month, the Nigerian military had confirmed that 107 passengers were kidnapped on the Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway.


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