Bandits again attacked Rini village in Zamfara State abducting about 75 people according to the residents but the Zamfara State Police Command who also yesterday confirmed the abduction, put the figure at 60.
The black-attired bandits were said to have invaded the village on Friday night and operated till the early hours of yesterday.
It was learnt that they used more than 50 motorcycles to ferry their victims. At press time, the bandits were yet to begin negotiations with relatives of their victims, most of whom are children and the aged.
However, it was gathered that security men were on their trail.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Zamfara Command, Muhammad Shehu, said: “We have the report that about 60 people were abducted from the village.”
Many agency reports put the number of the victims at 75.
A resident said he narrowly escaped death during the raid. His uncle was however abducted.
Another resident said his shop was looted.
The abduction is the latest by bandits who have turned Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger states into their sphere of influence