Gunmen abduct 5 in northwest Nigeria village attack: police

ABUJA, NIGERIA - MAY 22: A Police officer stand guards during a demonstration that Nigerians demand release of Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped by extremist militants Boko Haram in capital Abuja, Nigeria on May 22, 2014. The protesters called for the safe return of the girls and for the Nigerian government to play a more active role in helping to return the girls to their families. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian police officer stand guards. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nigerian police said on Sunday that a group of gunmen raided a village and took away five people in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna.

The gunmen stormed the village of Danbushiya on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis late Friday, Yakubu Sabo, the spokesman for the state’s police, said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja.

The gunmen wore military uniforms and blocked the access road to the village, Sabo said.

During the raid, they intercepted about six vehicles and initially held seven persons. However, due to pressurized police patrols within the general area, two of the victims were released with their vehicles by the gunmen as they made away with others.

The police spokesman said upon search, the sum of some 10,000 U.S dollars and 647,300 naira (about 1,800 dollars) cash were recovered in one of the vehicles.

Local police have intensified the search to rescue the remaining victims, he added.