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Bandits abduct 16 FCT residents as police rescue 4

Bandits on Sunday attacked Dawakin Rock Heaven community, opposite Gwarimpa Estate Abuja, FCT. Abducting 16 residents.

SolaceBase gathered that the terrorists attacked the community around 7.30 pm in an operation that lasted over 30 minutes.

The bandits who were said to have attacked the community in four vehicles consisted of men and women who shot sporadically into the air before raiding about six houses.

Chairman, Dawaki Rock Heaven Community, Alhaji Tunde Abdulraheem told SolaceBase on Monday afternoon that after head counts, they discovered that 16 residents were abducted.

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‘’Eight women, 4 men and 4 children were abducted during the attack that lasted close to one hour, ‘’Abdulraheem told SolaceBase.

He said 3 of those abducted escaped from the bandits that matched them across to the hills around the community while security agents rescued 4 others after a gun battle with the terrorists.

Commenting on the attack, FCT police spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igweh, led policemen to the scene and engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle.

“In an immediate and strategic response to a distress call on the attack by unknown gunmen in Dawaki on May 19, 2024, at about 11:30 pm, the operatives of the FCT police Command led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Igweh, himself, swiftly mobilised to the scene.”

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“Displaying remarkable bravery and coordination, the police, in synergy with local hunters, advanced on the assailants, tactically ambushing them at Ushafa Hill via Bwari and Shishipe Hills via Mpape. This led to a fierce gun duel as the hoodlums were overwhelmed by the firepower of the operatives, forcing them to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullet injuries, and the victims were rescued.

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“While one of the rescued victims is still in the hospital receiving medical attention, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, reaffirms the Command’s steadfast dedication to maintaining peace and security in the Territory, as search operations are ongoing to rescue other hostages who fled the scene during the shootout,” Adeh said.

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