Nigeria: 100 kidnapped villagers freed after 42-day captivity

The launched hostages, who will now bear a medical test earlier than becoming a member of their households, had been kidnapped on June 8.

Police in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara have mentioned they secured the discharge of 100 villagers kidnapped in early June following negotiations with their abductors.

Mohammed Shehu, spokesman for Zamfara state police, mentioned in a press release on Tuesday the discharge was “unconditional” and that it had been secured “without giving any financial or material gain” to the gang.

The launched hostages would bear medical checks earlier than being reunited with their households, Shehu mentioned.

The group, together with ladies and youngsters, had been dropped at a forest hideout after gunmen, domestically generally known as bandits, stormed Manawa village on June 8.

A supply accustomed to the negotiations instructed the AFP information company the bandits agreed to launch the kidnapped villagers after the police and state authorities “assured them no action would be taken against them for the kidnap”.

Northwest and central Nigeria have in recent times fallen prey to gangs of cattle thieves and kidnappers who raid villages, killing and kidnapping residents along with stealing livestock after looting and burning houses.

The criminals have begun to concentrate on raiding faculties and kidnapping college students for ransom. Hostages are often launched after ransom cost, with these whose households fail to pay usually being killed by the captors.

These teams function from camps within the huge Rugu forest, which cuts throughout Zamfara, Katsina, and Kaduna states in Nigeria, in addition to neighbouring Niger.

On Monday, 13 policemen had been killed in Zamfara state once they had been ambushed by a gang as they deployed to guard a village from imminent assault.

Nigeria’s air drive has previously attacked bandit camps whereas some northern states have sought to barter with the gangs by providing amnesties in return for disarmament. But each army deployment and tried peace offers have failed to finish the violence.

The air drive mentioned over the previous two weeks, every day and nightly flights over Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina states had “neutralised” a whole bunch of bandits.

On Sunday, intense gunfire from bandits brought on a Nigerian fighter jet to crash within the northwestern state, however the pilot survived by ejecting from the plane.

Such gangs will not be the one risk to the nation’s northern area the place armed group Boko Haram and its breakaway faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have additionally been finishing up assaults for years.

According to the United Nations, the armed teams have compelled nearly 2.four million individuals in Nigeria and neighbouring nations to flee.


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