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Police rescue one of Zamfara abducted worshippers

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The Zamfara State Police Command said it has rescued one of the worshippers abducted in a mosque in Tsafe town, the headquarters of Tsafe Local Government Area of the state.

PUNCH Online had reported that bandits abducted scores of worshippers during morning prayer in the mosque on Thursday.

But in a press statement on Friday, the spokesperson for the command, ASP Yazid Abubakar, said three people were abducted.

Abubakar said one person was rescued and reunited with his family after being medically checked.

He said, “On February 29, 2024 at about 05.30am, unknown armed men suspected to be armed bandits with sophisticated weapons surreptitiously sneaked into a Juma’at mosque on Hospital Road of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State with the intent to perpetuate massive abductions’.

“However, the worshippers managed to escape except three elderly persons who were later abducted to an unknown destination.

“However, upon receipt of the information, quick response of the command’s tactical teams mobilised and went into a search and rescue mission.

“The team followed the suspected bandits close to the Dangajeru Forest, forcing the bandits to abandon one of the victims who could not meet up with their moving steps, and was rescued.

“The Operation is still ongoing with the view of rescuing the other two remaining victims’.

”Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Police Command, MD Shehu Dalijan, reassured the good people of the state that the command, in collaboration with the state government, will do everything humanly possible to ensure normalcy is restored in the state.”

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