Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly attacked the staff quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at Kaduna airport.
It is not yet clear how they gained access but some staff living in the quarters who escape say families have been abducted, though the number is yet to be ascertained.
Sources however pegged the number at 11, including a staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agancy, NAMA, with his entire family; and a wife and child of a staff of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET.
Two houses were said to have been attacked and the gunmen later moved to the airside of the airport, according to residents.
’Immediately the attack was ongoing there was a cry for help that attracted the military personnel which led to a serious gun battle between the bandits and the security personnel…,’’ a source was quoted as saying.
An eye witnessed described the situation as bad and rough calling for prayers from all Nigerians for their safety as serious exchange of gun fire was currently ongoing.
Ongoing security meeting
FAAN spokesperson, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said the attacks happened last night and a security meeting was ongoing.
She confirmed that a staff of FAAN, NiMET and NAMA with his entire family were taken away by the armed men.
She said the airport was not affected by the attack even though it was alleged they came in through the airside.
An unscheduled flight had landed the airport this morning without any problem, Mrs. Yakubu added.