Officials said the attackers kidnapped as many as eight people at a hospital in Kaduna State in northwestern Nigeria.
Police and hospital officials said the gunman kidnapped up to eight people, including the one-year-old child of a nurse, in the staff dormitory of a hospital in northwestern Nigeria, while the attackers also attacked a nearby police station.
Kaduna State was attacked by a wave of kidnapping and extortion by armed men. Zaria, where the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Center Hospital is located, has been hit particularly hard. This attack is the third attack on the hospital.
Hospital spokesman Maryam Abdulrazaq told Reuters that the attack lasted about an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning.
She said six people were kidnapped: two nurses, one with her one-year-old child, a laboratory technician, a security guard and other staff.
The police said that the number of hostages was eight.
“So far, there are (no) ransom requirements,” Abdulrazaq said. “Since they took them away, we haven’t heard from the bandits.”
In a separate statement, Kaduna police spokesman Mohamed Jalig said that a “large number” of armed men from the same group attacked the divisional police headquarters at about the same time, “trying to overtake the staff on duty.”
Jalig said that the police repelled the attack after a fierce exchange of fire, and some of the attackers were injured. The police found dozens of cartridge cases from rifles and machine guns.
He said officials are working to rescue those kidnapped from the hospital.
Criminal groups called “bandits” by the authorities have intimidated parts of northwest and central Nigeria.
They attacked villages, stole cattle and kidnapped people for ransom.
They carried out activities in camps in the Rugu Forest, which are located in Zanfala, Katsina and Kaduna states in Nigeria, as well as Niger.
Most people are motivated by material gains, although some have sworn allegiance to armed groups hundreds of kilometers away in northeastern Nigeria.
Recently, such groups have launched a series of attacks on schools and universities, kidnapping students on a large scale for ransom.
Since December last year, more than 800 students have been abducted, and at least 150 of them are still missing.