Unidentified gunmen numbering about 60 blocked on Sunday a highway, hijacking two commercial buses and forcing tens of people into the bush at Ruma village in Katsina State.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by Gambo Isah, the Public Relations Officer of the Katsina State Police Command, on Monday.
According to the police command, the incident took place along Jibia/Batsari road, where the Ruma Village is situated.
The police explained that operatives from its Operation Puff Adder team stormed the bush and rescued all passengers of the two commercial buses hijacked by the gunmen.
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It, however, said seven persons were still missing after conducting a headcount of the passengers forced into the bush.
It gave the names of the persons declared missing as Alhaji Maazu Yasore,80; Alhaji Nuhu ,45; Kabiru Hashimu, 37; Dan Asibi Tella, 50; Sani Kokari, 70; Nura Shambal, 45; and Ali Dan Maituwo,65.
The statement read: “What truly happened was that on Sunday, about 06pm, bandits numbering over 60, armed with AK 47 rifles blocked Jibia-Batsari road, exactly at Ruma village, forcefully stopped two J5 motor vehicles and took the occupants of the vehicles into the bush.
“Search party led by Operation Puff Adder went after the hoodlums but succeeded in rescuing all the victims with the exception of seven others. The Police in collaboration with community members are combing the bush with a view to rescuing the remaining seven persons not seen.”
It was gathered that no arrest has been made in connection with the incident.