Gunmen attacked two communities in Kaduna state between Saturday and Monday, abducting 13 people.
The communities – Begiwa-Kaso and Dutse – are located along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, TheCable reports.
A community leader in Begiwa-Kaso confirmed the incident, saying the gunmen attacked his village around 11pm.
He said they came in “large numbers” and shot sporadically which made villagers run to safety.
“They came at about 10:00pm on Saturday and started shooting. People started running for safety,” he said.
“They abducted seven people while some others were injured.”
In Duste, the gunmen were said to have struck in the early hours of Monday.
A witness said the attack lasted for about 10 minutes after which the gunmen abducted six people.
In continuation of the escalating security crisis in Kaduna, several communities along the Kaduna-Abuja road are being raided by kidnappers on a daily basis.
It is understood that many people have abandoned their farms and relocated to other places out of fear of being abducted.