Several people are said to have been kidnapped by terrorists that attacked travellers along the Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari Road in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
Local sources said the bandits blocked the highway on Tuesday and set about eight vehicles ablaze.
The terrorists who are reported to be bandits were said to have taken away an unspecified number of travellers, mostly women and children, to an unknown location. However, the Kaduna state police command is yet to confirm the incident.
Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Ibrahim Nagwari, confirmed the attack in a statement.
He said bandits blocked the Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highway and intercepted a convoy of motorists with security escorts between Kuriga and Manini, near Udawa where they left with an unspecified number of people into the bush.
Nagwari also expressed fears that the armed men have formed an alliance with the Ansaru terrorist group to declare war on the residents of Birnin-Gwari.
He stressed that the political will of the government to tackle the security threats has remained a mirage.
“We had always appreciated the efforts of security personnel in their passion to curtail the security challenges bedevilling the Birnin-Gwari general area, but our people have reached a point of no return.
“This organisation hereby advises all our citizens to exercise maximum restraint and obey all rules of the land and seclude themselves in prayers for Allah’s intervention to deal with these terrorists and their collaborators within our communities.
“Equally, we pray for the safe return of our people, mostly women and children that were abducted,” he said.