By our reporter| At least 12 people were kidnapped by bandits who attacked the Junior Staff Quarters of the Kaduna International Airport on Saturday.
According to an eyewitness account, one of the victims, who is a member of staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), was kidnapped along with his wife, five children, and three other persons who had visited them.
The wife and child of an employee of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) were also kidnapped during the attack.
The Regional Manager of NIMET in the North Central, Sani Majidadi, who confirmed the attack, said the gunmen invaded the junior staff quarters at the airport in the early hours of Saturday and broke into two apartments from where the missing persons were abducted.
According to Majidadi, the gunmen, in their large number, came through a bush from Ifira Village and cut the air-side perimeter fence before gaining access into the staff quarters.
He, however, stated that the prompt response of soldiers stationed along the Kaduna Airport Road prevented the bandits from kidnapping more people as the bandits escaped into the bush upon hearing the gunshots from the security operatives.
Saturday’s attack occurred barely a year after the staff of the airport came under heavy attack by bandits who kidnapped several workers and killed one, a development that prompted the Kaduna State government to deploy troops along the Airport Road.