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How passengers overpower Fulani herdsmen bandits in Zamfara, kill one, seize 2 AK-47 rifles

The bravery of a bride-to-be’s family and a group of travellers prevented a terrorist from being kidnapped in Zamfara State.

According to PRNigeria, the tragedy happened when bandits ambushed the prospective bride’s family and other travellers along the Talata Mafara-Gusau highway.

The bride’s family had left to shop in Kano for apparel and other wedding necessities. However, when armed bandits targeted them, their intentions took a terrifying turn.

After the criminals had chosen their victims, the eyewitness told PRNigeria that the reaction was impromptu.

The courageous passengers managed to seize two AK-47 firearms, but one of the bandits was able to get away.

Narrating how the events unfolded, the eyewitness said: “A few kilometres away from the Fangal Tama checkpoint, the travellers heard gunshots echoing all around.

‘’To their shock, they encountered two well-armed bandits on motorcycles, blocking the road and halting vehicles.
“The bandits immediately ordered the young woman (the bride-to-be), her father, mother, and two other relatives to exit their car.

‘’With guns pointed at them, the terrified family members were coerced to follow the bandits into the nearby forest.
“Realising the grave danger they faced in forced abduction, the passengers decided to act swiftly. They rallied together and launched an attack on one of the two bandits.

‘’In a fierce struggle, they managed to overpower him, resulting in his instant death. The other bandit, however, escaped, leaving behind his firearm.

“The courageous group retrieved the two guns and emerged from the forest. They promptly handed the weapons over to the military at a nearby checkpoint.’’

PRNigeria further gathered that amidst the courageous effort of the group, one of the passengers suffered a sudden heart attack due to the traumatic experience and later died in hospital.

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