Some gunmen on Sunday attacked a village in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state on Sunday, abducting three housewives.
A 12-year-old child was said to have sustained injuries from gunshots during the incident.
This is coming a week after the chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, asked soldiers to station in the Birnin-Gwari axis of Kaduna to flush out armed bandits that have been terrorising and killing people in the area.
A witness said the incident took place around 2am on Sunday.
The witness said when they arrive in the community, the gunmen started shooting sporadically and went into the compound of one Adamu Nakwalla.
He said after their attempt to locate Nakwalla was unsuccessful, they decided to abduct his three wives.
He said one of the wives was later released after they had reached Danyamu, a neighbouring village.
She was said to have been given a phone number to deliver to her husband to call.
“The gunmen were so many, they came around 2am and started shooting sporadically,” the witness said.
“They went to the residence of Adamu Nakwalla and started searching for him, but they couldn’t get him because he went into hiding when he heard gunshots.”
He appealed to the state federal and federal government to urgent stop the bandits from operating communities in Birnin Gwari area.
Efforts to reach Aliyu Mukhtar, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, for comment were unsuccessful as he neither responded to telephone calls and a text message sent to him.
On Tuesday, 10 people were killed when bandits invaded four villages in the area.
The tragic incident happened less than three days after Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, inaugurated a military base in the area.
Buratai had given his men a three-week ultimatum to end violence in the area.