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Gunmen kidnap 18, including ‘mothers and babies’, in Kaduna



At least 18 people, including four mothers and their babies, have been abducted in a raid by gunmen on their village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, the local community association has said.

It’s the latest in a wave of kidnappings in the region.

The gunmen on motorbikes stormed Mando village in Birnin Gwari area in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Residents say the abductees were taken to a bush.

The attackers also looted food items from the village.

A police spokesperson told the BBC that they’re investigating the incident.

It’s not clear who carried out the attack but kidnapping for ransom is rampant across Nigeria – particularly in that region.

Last month gunmen abducted more than 300 schoolboys from their dormitory in neighbouring Katsina state. They were later released following days of negotiations.

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Despite the deployment of thousands of troops, criminal gangs continue to carry out attacks in the region.