The Kanoma village in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State was on Thursday attacked by bandits, leaving two people dead, and nine others missing.
Herald Nigeria gathered that the mother of the infant was also kidnapped while two people were killed during the attack.
Narrating the incident, a resident, Ibrahim Muhammed, explained that the bandits besieged the area around 3 am on Tuesday, shooting sporadically.
He said, “It was while they were scaring the people with gunshots that they killed the two victims.
“We tried to raise the alarm to security agencies who were stationed in different places along the Sokoto-Gusau Road, but everyone was afraid of the assailants who were armed with powerful firearms.”
According to Muhammed, the gunmen went to the residence of one Dan Haja, a businessman, beat him with iron rods and inflicted serious injuries on him after which they went away with his wife and her three-month-old baby.
Not done, they went to the house of Sani Abdullahi, a former government official, picked him along with six other persons and disappeared.
“At a later time, they called to demand for a ransom of N50m for the release of those abductees,” Muhammed said.
Confirming the incident, Mohammed Shehu, spokesman for the state police command, said, “From the report we received, no one was killed and a total of eight persons, mostly women and children, were abducted by the attackers.”
He said the command’s tactical and anti-terrorism units had been deployed in the area to trail the bandits, adding that peace had been restored to the area.