No fewer than 23 people were abducted after a police officer was killed in an attack launched by some bandits at Ungwan Maje and Ungwan Laka villages in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the villages were attacked in the early hours of Wednesday.
Sources said the gunmen first attacked Ungwan Maje where 16 persons, majorly women and children were killed.
They later proceeded to the Ungwan Laka community where they killed a mobile police officer identified as Joshua Markus.
It was gathered that the slain officer was on a visit to his family from the Rivers State Command where he was serving.
The bandits thereafter kidnapped the wife and daughter of the deceased.
The spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
He said security operatives were on the trail of the bandits with a view to arresting them and rescuing the kidnapped victims.