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Bandits kill JTF commander, abduct medical doctor, 16 others in Kaduna

A joint task force commander and a resident of Sabon Gero community, New Millennium City Settlement, in Kaduna State’s Chikun Local Government Area were killed on Tuesday when bandits stormed the area.

The bandits’ invasion of the community also resulted in the kidnapping of a medical doctor and 16 others.

According to a source who spoke to newsmen the bandits arrived in the community around 10 p.m. on motorcycles, shooting sporadically and scaring the residents before abducting their victims.

According to the source, the late JTF commander opened fire upon seeing the bandits, unaware that they were closing in on his team.

He added, “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 explained that the remains of the commander were later buried in accordance with Islamic rites.

According to the source, the situation would have been worse but for the quick intervention of neighbouring communities, who mobilised and chased away the bandits.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Jalige, the State Police Public Relations Officer could not respond to a call put on his phone to confirm the incident.

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