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Gunmen attack Kaduna airport, abduct 11 workers, family members

 In an act of unrestrained impunity, dare devil gunmen in the early hours of today, stormed the residential quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), in Kaduna Airport, and abducted  11 persons, including a family of six and a housewife with her two children.

Newwavereporters.com gathered that the bandits invaded the quarters around 12:10 am  after gaining access via  the airport’s runway 05.

The FAAN’s spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident, saying  that it occurred last night.

Yakubu added that the 11 abducted persons included a staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA),with his entire family, and  wife and child of a Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s (NiMET)worker

According to residents, the bandits invaded two houses before they  later moved to the airside of the airport.

Similarly, an engineer in the airport who spoke with The Nation, confirmed that the gunmen  invaded the quarters around 12:10 am on Saturday after gaining access through the airport’s runway 05.

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He added that if not for  the intervention of the military, the gunmen who came  in large numbers wanted to kidnap the entire residents of the quarters.

According to him, “Initially when I started hearing gunshots, I was not even bothered,  because I thought whoever came here to rob or do anything has made a mistake of his life because we have a military barrack at the airport. But, I later became restless when after like 30 minutes, bullets were still raining.

”Along the line, the soldiers came in and engaged the bandits in a serious gun battle, but the soldiers could only prevent them from picking more people because the bandits came with two RPG alongside their many AK47 rifles.

“The attack lasted for hours as the military personnel tried fiercely to resist the attack but the bandits had their way. They went away with nine people, including six people from a single-family.

“The bandits escaped with all the nine victims by putting them on their motorcycles. We are now left  with tension and fear. The whole place is littered  with bullet cells and holes on the wall,” the source added.

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