According to The Punch, gunmen raided the Sankwab hamlet in the Atyap Chiefdom of Kaduna State’s Zango-Kataf Local Government Area on Saturday night, killing no less than twenty civilians.
Several residences were also demolished, as were properties worth millions of naira, by the hoodlums who assaulted the neighborhood in a commando-like fashion.
The attack was verified by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, but no casualty estimates were provided.
According to a news source, the invaders, assumed to be Fulani militia, invaded the community around 10 p.m. Saturday night, firing indiscriminately at anything in sight, killing at least 20 and fleeing for their lives.
However, it was discovered that the military’s quick response in repelling the attacks rescued the situation.
In response to the new killings in Southern Kaduna, the Commissioner stated that the military told the state administration that multiple lives had been lost.
In a statement captioned, ‘Several lives lost in Runji village of Zangon Kataf LGA…,’ he stated.El-Rufai condemns deaths,’ according to a preliminary assessment published to the media on Sunday, saying that the attack left scores of citizens injured and an indeterminate number of houses burned.
During the incident, the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, was described by the Commissioner as condemning the latest attack and condoling with the victims’ families.
“The military has informed the Kaduna State Government of an attack in Runji village, Zangon Kataf LGA, on Saturday night, in which several lives were lost,” he stated.
“The preliminary report also informed the government that the attack injured some residents and burned down an unspecified number of houses in the community.”
“According to the report, forces engaged in a violent battle with the attackers and are still in the area.
“While awaiting a detailed report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who received the preliminary report early Sunday, condemned the killings as unacceptable and unjustifiable.”
“The Governor expressed condolences to the families who had lost loved ones and prayed for the repose of the victims’ souls. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
“The Kaduna State Government will update the public on the incident as soon as detailed reports are received from the security agencies.”
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