Bandits kill 13, raze 56 houses in Kaduna

No fewer than 13 persons have been killed while seven others were injured in series of bandits’ attacks on communities in Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State.

In one of the attacks on Kizachi village, Kauru LGA, 56 houses, 16 motorcycles and several barns were razed.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attacks in a statement yesterday, saying that seven people were injured in the attacks.

According to Aruwan, “thirteen people have been killed and seven others injured in series of attacks across communities in Zangon Kaaf, Kauru and Chikun local government areas.

“This was reported to the Kaduna State Government by the military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

“According to the report, armed bandits attacked one Irmiya Godwin and his brother as they returned from their farm in Gora Gan village of Zangon Kataf LGA. Irmiya Godwin was killed while his brother escaped.

“In another incident, armed bandits attacked Kizachi village of Kauru LGA and killed 10 persons, leaving four others injured. Fifty-six houses and 16 motorcycles were razed, with several barns also raided and burnt.

“Those killed are listed as: Esther Bulus, Maria Bulus (one-year-old daughter of Esther), Lami Bulus, Aliyu Bulus, Monday Joseph, Geje Abuba, Wakili Filibus, Yakubu Ali, Dije Waziri and Joseph Ibrahim

“The injured are: Cecilia Aku, Yakubu Idi, Godiya Saleh and Moses Adamu. They are receiving treatment in hospital.

“Furthermore, Masaka village in Chikun Local Government Area was attacked. One Duza Bamaiyi was killed and two other persons were injured. Troops mobilised to the location to eventually repel the attack.

“Similarly, armed bandits killed one Zakka Pada in Kurmin Kaduna of Chikun Local Government Area and left one Pada Dalle injured.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report with sadness and prayed for the repose of the souls of the slain while sending condolences to their families.

“He wished the injured citizens quick recovery,” said the Security Commissioner.

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