Bandits have reportedly abducted no fewer than 50 persons in an attack on Damari community of Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.
Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union (BEPU) disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
He said the attack followed the withdrawal of Ansaru, a splinter group of Boko Haram from the area.
Heavily armed bandits attacked Damari town recently but were repelled by Ansaru terrorists group with two persons dead and several properties destroyed.
Chairman of BEPU, Ishaq Usman Kasai said on the latest attack: “As at Saturday, bandits encircled Damari and abducted about 50 people, shortly before and after troops from Military field-base from Dogon-Dawa went to the town and escorted some remnants of the residents who were willing to move to comfort zones in neighbouring communities and even to as far away Zaria.
“The most worrisome situation is where a pregnant woman was running alongside others for safety and could not meet up with the pace of the fleeing groups. She fell down and delivered a baby boy but unfortunately, both the mother and the baby lost their lives instantly.
“Damari is considered as the largest town in the entire Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari and with this worrisome development, about 20 thousands persons including Women and Children are rendered internally displaced (IDPs).
“Even on Sunday, the bandits returned to the town unchallenged, burnt a vehicle, kidnapped scores, intercepted and maltreated people, a serious development that reflects the level of serious insecurity situation facing our community.
“This calamitous atrocities of bandits have made, Damari, the agrarian Community that yearly produced over 600 tonnes of maize grains abandoned their ancestral homes and farms for safety”.