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Panic in Zamfara as bandits kill Chief Imam, abduct scores of villagers

Bandits have killed Sheikh Ahmad Rufa’i, the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque in Keita village in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State.

Sheikh Rufa’i’s killing came barely three weeks after the murder of Imam Abubakar Hassan Mada, the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque in Mada in Gusau LGA of the state.

A resident of Keita, Ibrahim Musa Keita, said the bandits invaded the village shortly after Muslims observed the isha’i (night) congregational prayer.

His words, “Before the invasion, the residents were alerted about the movement of the bandits along Kwarin Gano-Keita Road. They were sighted along that road but we were not sure whether they would come to this village or not.

“Initially, they wanted to abduct road users along the Keita-Kwarin Gano Road, but after spending some time without getting a single person, they invaded Keita village, killed our chief imam and abducted scores of people, including women.

“We have not ascertained the number of people they have abducted as some people ran into the bush and have not been seen yet.”

In a related development, two people were said to have been abducted in Magazu village in Tsafe LGA on Tuesday.

A resident, Yusuf Ibrahim, said the bandits invaded the village around 3am, shooting sporadically, adding that most residents fled their homes.

Also, a resident of neighbouring Kwalfada village, Aminu Kwalfada, regretted that the activities of bandits had compelled residents to stop using loudspeakers in their mosques during prayers.

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