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Again, Gunmen Strike in Abuja, Abduct 9

Gunmen dressed in military camouflage, last night, abducted nine persons, including a 12-year-old boy in Pegi community in Abuja.

Pegi is a resettlement area in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The victims were kidnapped last night around 8:00pm after attacking their vehicles.

An eyewitness and victim who was released on health ground said the gunmen reportedly shot at two vehicles, including one NISSAN Frontier and Toyota Solara.

The bullets deflated the tyres and created deep holes on the vehicles.

One of the victims was said to be in critical condition.

He said the attackers could not be less than 20.

It was learnt that the kidnappers had called this morning demanding N10 million ransom from a relative of the abductees.

This is the second time kidnapping incident would happen in the community.

Last year, four people were kidnapped along the same makeshift path to the community that housed naval quarters.

A naval officer and one civilian were seriously injured at the scene which is less than 300 metres to the community in the December 6, 2018 incident.

Just like what happened on Monday, the victims were stopped while driving home around the same time in the night.

The abductees trekked for eight hours through forest before finally reaching the kidnappers’ den in Nasarawa State.

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