Bandits have invaded and killed a joint task force commander and a resident of the Sabon Gero community in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident, which took place on Tuesday, led to the abduction of 16 other members of the community, including a medical doctor.
A source said the bandits stormed the community around 10 pm on motorcycles, shooting indiscriminately at anybody at sight before taking away the abductees.
The source also said the late JTF commander opened fire on sighting the bandits “not knowing that the bandits had closed in on his team.”
“The bandits opened fire and hit the commander in his legs and he fell. They then shot him in the head, shattering his skull. A resident, who was hit by bullets, died on his way to a hospital,” the source added.
A JTF member, Isa Usman, said the remains of the commander had been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
Meanwhile, a resident, Jacob Isa, told journalists that the situation would have been worse but for the quick intervention of neighbouring communities, who mobilised and chased away the bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, could not be reached for comments on the incident.
A text message sent to his telephone line was not responded to as of press time.
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