No fewer than eight people were feared kidnapped after gunmen suspected to be herders stormed the airport in central Nigerian city of Kaduna on Saturday morning, witnesses revealed.
Jonathan Iwar, a grocer at the airport, told the Gazette the attackers breached the airport perimeter fencing and broke into homes in the early hours of Saturday.
A resident of the airport staff quarters told the Gazette the attack occurred around 3:00 a.m. and eight people were abducted, including members of a family and airport casual workers. It was unclear whether the abductors have contacted families of victims to discuss a ransom.
A spokeswoman for the airport authority did not immediately return a request seeking comments from the Gazette about the incident, which came as Kaduna and other parts of the country are witnessing an upsurge in brazen aggression from violent outlaws.
A spokesman for the police in Kaduna also did not return a request for comments. Once considered safe from marauders, Nigerian airports have come under regular breaches in recent years. Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano airports have all reported attackers in recent years, with no suspects arrested or charged by law enforcement.