Bandits have abducted seven persons, including a three-month-old baby, at Kanoma village in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the mother of the infant was also kidnapped while two people were killed during the attack.
A resident, Ibrahim Muhammed, was quoted as saying that suspected bandits besieged the area around 3am on Tuesday.
Muhammed said the attackers fired gunshots sporadically to scare the residents away.
He said, “It was while they were scaring the people with gun shots that they killed the two victims.
“We tried to raise the alarm to security agencies who were stationed in different places along the Sokoto-Gusau Road, but everyone was afraid of the assailants who were armed with powerful firearms.”
He said the gunmen went to the residence of one Dan Haja, a businessman, beat him with iron rods and inflicted serious injuries on him after which they went away with his wife and her three-month-old baby.
He said the bandits then moved to the house of Sani Abdullahi, a former government official, picked him along with six other persons and disappeared.
“At a later time, they called to demand for a ransom of N50m for the release of those abductees,” Muhammed said.
When contacted, Mohammed Shehu, spokesman for the state police command, confirmed the attack, saying, “From the report we received, no one was killed and a total of eight persons, mostly women and children, were abducted by the attackers.”