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Bandits yesterday attacked commuters along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, abducting an unspecified number of travellers and injuring many others.
The spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command Mohammed Jalige told reporters on Wednesday night that the bandits had about 4: 20 pm blocked the Audu Ogbe portion of the Highway, near Katari village.
He revealed that they intercepted some vehicles, and during the process, took some persons away to an unknown destination.
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Jalige said the prompt response and arrival of security operatives attached to the highway, prevented the terrorists from abducting more travellers. The spokesman explained that the security operatives engaged the criminals in a gun duel and successfully repelled them from further attacks.
According to him, normalcy was immediately returned to the highway following the clearance operation, enabling motorists to continue their journey.
The incident comes almost two months after the deadly train attack by terrorists at Dutse forest in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Eight persons were killed, 26 injured, and 62 others taken away during the attack.
Meanwhile, Africa Daily News, New York gathered that operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested a suspected bandit and gun runner in Zaria Local Government Area.
The police said the suspect, Rilwanu Abdullahi of Damari village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was sighted on Tuesday with a Volkswagen car in a suspicious manner around the Madachi area of Zaria city.
On sighting the police operatives, he attempted to escape but was chased and apprehended, the security agency added.
A search carried out on the Volkswagen vehicle with Reg.no KNC 816 XC led to the recovery of an AK47 Rifle with six hundred (600) rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition.