Terrorists, locally dubbed as bandits, have kidnapped no fewer than 40 people in three days in fifteen villages of Bali Local Government Area of the Taraba State.
The kidnapping happened between Monday, August 4 and Wednesday August 6, 2023 when the bandits invaded the villages and communities.
Many others including women and children are still missing from the latest attacks on Wednesday night in Garba Chede areas of Bali Council.
It was learnt that hundreds of villagers have fled their homes and are hiding in the bush while many of them ran to Garba_Chede town.
One of the villagers from Garbatau community, which was also attacked, Musa Mainoma, said residents of the affected villages have deserted the area and are now taking refuge in Garba Chede, Sunkani and Pamamga towns.
He said many of those that fled are still missing and parents are still searching for their missing children.
Mainoma stated that the bandits in their numbers rode on motorcycles and attacked the farming communities.
He said the bandits kidnapped many villagers and rustled cattle and also looted shops in all the villages they attacked.
A resident of Garba Chede, Dodo who spoke to the paper explained that over three thousand people that ran away from the farming communities during the attacks are now taking refuge in Garba Chede town.
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He said residents of Garba Chede town have offered free accommodation to the victims of bandits’ attacks.
Umar Babangida, the leader of hunters, told newsmen that hunters had entered the affected area early Thursday morning in an effort to flush out the criminals.
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