Bandits attack hospital in Kaduna, abduct babies

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted babies from the residential quarters of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the bandits who were said to have stormed the hospital in large numbers also abducted five staff of the hospital, including female nurses.

The bandits, it was further learnt, engaged officers from a nearby police station in a gun battle.

A staff of the hospital, who declined to be named, disclosed that there was a heavy shootout during the attack by the bandits.

The staff of the hospital further revealed that the principal security guard on duty was also abducted.

He said, “Those kidnapped were our staff living at the staff quarters, some were abducted alongside their children. So about ten people were taken away so far.”

Also, confirming the latest attack, the Public Relations Officer of the Medical and Health Union of the Centre, Maryam Abdulrazaq, said she compiled six names of those abducted by the bandits, adding that the latest incident made it the third time their staff were abducted.

The bandits were said to have blocked the bridge linking the village with Zaria town to prevent any reinforcement by security operatives.

The attack was confirmed by the Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, noting that efforts are on to rescue the victims.