Gunmen attacked the residence of a Kaduna State University lecturer, Ahmed Buba, in Zaria, Kaduna state on Monday and seized his six children.
The gunmen also fatally shot a soldier, Ebuka Okechukwu. The soldier died of gunshot wounds in a hospital.
They then abducted Rabi Isya, Mr Buba’s neighbour’s wife and two of her children.
The bandits were, however, intercepted on Tuesday.
A highly reliable source said the bandits numbered about 30; they were armed
with sophisticated weapons with which they shot sporadically into the air as they attacked the community.
“The joint personnel of Kaduna State Vigilance Service, the military and the police swiftly responded to a distress call.
“On sighting the security personnel, the bandits opened fire and in the process killed the soldier,’’ the source said.
Haruna Shika a resident of the area, said six of the kidnapped children were rescued at Kasuwan Da’a in Zaria local government area.
Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, Joy Abah, Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Army Depot, Zaria, said the information on the death of the soldier had not reached her.
Attempts to get the police to react were not successful as the police spokesman in the state did not respond to calls and text messages.