By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

Five persons have been killed in cycle violence in Zango-Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.

Also, troops of Operation Safe Haven foiled two kidnap attempts at different locations within Jema’a local government and rescued six persons.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in two statements in released on Saturday said, a 10-year-old herder was killed by unidentified persons around Madauchi Forest, Zangon Kataf council.

According to him: “The boy (identified as the son of one Alhaji Dare Mato) was attacked while herding cattle. The corpse of the young herder was recovered and buried.

“An attack was also reported in Kurmin Masara along Bakin Kogi in Atyap Chiefdom. One resident, Philip Magu was killed during the attack, before the assailants were repelled by a combined team of Operation Safe Haven and Police Special Tactical Squad.

“Furthermore, gunmen attacked the Jankasa general area around the Zangon Kataf/Kaura LGA boundaries. Troops also repelled the assailants, but one resident (identified simply as Haruna) was shot dead in his farm by the fleeing miscreants.

“The troops also repelled an attack in Ungwan Rana in Zonzon District, after a fierce exchange of fire with bandits. One resident, Bitrus Kauna, sustained serious gunshot wounds during the attack and eventually died in hospital.

“Finally, one Samson Sunday was killed by unidentified persons on his farm in Ungwan Gaiya.”

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Speaking on the rescue of six victims in Jema’a local government, the Commissioner said: “An incident occurred along the Badde-Ungwan Ayaba-Keffi road, where bandits attempted to abduct the occupants of a commercial vehicle approaching from Abuja.

“The troops responded to a distress call and on arriving the scene, recovered five abducted passengers after a search-and-rescue exercise. The five rescued are listed as: Bilkisu Umar, Maryam Usman, Abdulsalam Mohammad , Adamu Abdullahi and Nafisa Abdulmumini (who was with her infant son).”

The Commissioner said, in another incident, the troops rescued one David Danladi along the Fanock-Kyayya-Keffi road, Jema’a LGA, after he had been abducted from his vehicle by bandits.

He said the victim was rescued with minor leg injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention.

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