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11 abducted as gunmen attack Kaduna airport

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Suspected gunmen, on Saturday, reportedly raided the residential quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria at Kaduna International Airport, kidnapping 11 persons.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the FAAN quarters around 12:10 am on Saturday after gaining access through the airport’s runway 05.

Report says those abducted included a family of six and a housewife with her two children.

FAAN spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident, saying the victims are a member of staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and his entire family, as well as the wife of a worker with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency and their child.

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Two houses were said to have been attacked before the gunmen later moved to the airside of the airport, according to residents.

According to the Nation, an Engineer in the Airport confirmed the attackers invaded the quarters around 12:10 am on Saturday after gaining access through the airport’s runway 05. He added that the bandits, who came in large numbers, wanted to kidnap the entire residents of the quarters but for the intervention of the military.

The unnamed engineer alleged that the bandits, who had two RPGs alongside their many AK47 rifles, engaged the soldiers in a gun duel that lasted for almost an hour.

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“Initially when I started hearing gunshots, I was not even bothered, because I thought whoever came here to rob or do anything has made a mistake of his life because we have a military barrack at the airport. But, I later became restless when after like 30 minutes, bullets were still raining,” The Nation quoted him as saying.

“Along the line, the soldiers came in and engaged the bandits in a serious gun battle, but the soldiers could only prevent them from picking more people because the bandits came with two RPG alongside their many AK47 rifles.

“The attack lasted for hours as the military personnel tried fiercely to resists the attack but the bandits had their way. They went away with nine people, including six people from a single-family.

“The bandits escaped with all the nine victims by putting them on their motorcycles. We are now left with tension and fear. The whole place is litter with bullet cells and holes on the wall.”

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