Gunmen believed to be bandits have reportedly invaded the residential quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), in Kaduna airport, and kidnapped 11 persons.
The kidnapped persons include a family of six and a housewife with her two children.
Reports indicate that the gunmen invaded the quarters around 12:10 am on Saturday after gaining access through the airport’s runway 05.
FAAN spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu, has confirmed the attack.
She said, “the 11 abducted persons included a staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, with his entire family and a wife and child of staff of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMET.
Residents acounts have it that two houses were attacked before the gunmen later moved to the airside of the airport, according to residents.
The Nation in its reported quoted an engineer at the Airport as saying, “Initially when I started hearing gunshots, I was not even bothered, because I thought whoever came here to rob or do anything has made a mistake of his life because we have a military barrack at the airport. But, I later became restless when after like 30 minutes, bullets were still raining.
‘’Along the line, the soldiers came in and engaged the bandits in a serious gun battle, but the soldiers could only prevent them from picking more people because the bandits came with two RPG alongside their many AK47 rifles.
“The attack lasted for hours as the military personnel tried fiercely to resists the attack but the bandits had their way. They went away with nine people, including six people from a single-family.
“The bandits escaped with all the nine victims by putting them on their motorcycles. We are now left with tension and fear. The whole place is litter with bullet cells and holes on the wall. ”