Gunmen reportedly raided Tunga Maji, a suburb of Abuja, early Thursday, abducting an unspecified number of residents.
This is happening shortly after reports of an internal memo of the Customs service that suggested the terrorists are regrouping around Abuja, Kogi and Nasarawa, all in North-central Nigeria.
The said memo prompted the Nigerian military to assure residents of FCT that the army and other security agencies will continue to ensure ‘effective surveillance’ of Abuja and its neighbouring states to prevent an attack by Boko Haram.
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According to a resident of Tunga Maji, at least 20 people were kidnapped after prolonged shooting in the community which is located near Zuba. The exact figure of abducted persons could however, not be immediately confirmed.
The police spokesperson for the federal capital territory, Anjugur Manzah, told journalists that he was working on a statement on the incident.
He did not confirm the number of those kidnapped, or whether there were any casualties.
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A resident of the area who would not be named for security reasons said heavy shooting started in the community at about 12.15a.m. and lasted more than an hour. This reportedly left the members of the local vigilante group overwhelmed.
“We didn’t sleep throughout the night. It’s this morning that the vigilantes told us about 20 people were abducted,” he said.
The attack is coming days after reports suggested that members of the extremist group, Boko Haram, had infiltrated the federal capital.
More details later.