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Bandits storm wedding, kidnap 55 guests

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55 wedding guests who were allegedly escorting a bride home along Damari town in Katsina State’s Sabuwa Local Government Area were kidnapped by suspected bandits.

On Friday, a resident confirmed to newsmen that the incident occurred at 9 p.m. on Thursday.

The source also stated that three local security volunteers died in the hastily orchestrated rescue operation.

“Most of those the hoodlums attacked and abducted were those who were already crowded and riding in an open van called a canter vehicle.

“The victims were initially over 70, mostly friends to the bride, and several others escaped after jumping off the moving canter van when the terrorists hijacked the van,” he said.

According to reports, the Sabuwa region is plagued by security issues.

The local administration has been coping with the presence of bandits and their accomplices, many of whom are informants.

Alhaji Basiru Musa, Chairman of Dandume Local Government Area, has corroborated the claim.

While some unconfirmed reports indicate that a few kidnapped ladies were able to escape, the chairman vowed to verify and provide updates.

He emphasised that, while the women were from Dandume, the bandits intercepted them on their way from Sabuwa Local Government Area at 9 p.m.

Bandits, in recent times, have continued to wreak havoc in Katsina State‘s Sabuwa and Dandume local government Area.

In a related event around the same time, gunmen from the Siddi forest were confirmed to have invaded Tashar Nadaya near the Gazari district boundary in Sabuwa LGA.

The perpetrators were reported to have slain a commercial motorbike rider and stolen his bike.

It was also reported that they opened fire on a group of four people and confiscated their motorcycles.

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