Bandits kill 21 in Kaduna, Sokoto

Nine people killed in Igabi and Kajuru councils, bandits have attacked Kurmin Gandu village in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state, killing five residents.

The bandits killed four people in an attack on another community, Sabon Gaya in Chikun local government area also of Kaduna state, according to a statement issued by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan.

“The military and other security agencies have reported the killing of 10 citizens in Zangon Kataf and Chikun local government areas. In Zangon Kataf, Kurmin Gandu village was attacked by armed bandits, with five persons killed, listed as: Ishaya Aboi, Regina Ishaya, Goodluck Dauda, Joseph Adamu and Hassan Joseph.

“In addition, 10 houses, two motorcycles and 50 bags of ginger were set ablaze. Some dry season farmers lost water pumping machines and other valuables around the Zango Urban general area. Some survivors of the attack are recuperating in hospital.

“Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are in progress, and information arising from this will be communicated to the public. It took the military hours to contain what would have resulted in further violence in the general area.

Security agencies reported that armed bandits attacked Sabon Gayan village in Chikun local government area and killed four persons: Ashahabu Abubakar, Ado Rilwanu, Sabo Iliya and Mannaseh Matthias Danjuma

“As of the time of this update, troops of Operation Thunder Strike are combing identified criminal hideouts in the Sabon Gayan area, following reports that several bandits sustained bullet wounds.

“Similarly, bandits attacked Ungwan Turai, also in Chikun local government area, and killed one Ayuba Waziri.

“Receiving the reports, Governor Nasir el-Rufai expressed sadness at the attacks, and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, while praying for the repose of their souls. He also wished those injured a quick recovery,” Aruwan said.

Similarly, gunmen in the early hours of Monday attacked Amarawa town of Illela local government and killed 11 people.

According to a source from the area, the bandits entered into the village and began shooting indiscriminately and made their way to the residence of one Alhaji Rabi’u, a businessman in the village.

The source further said, after successfully abducting Rabi’u, they met a resistance from the villagers who pursued them into the bush.

“They came into the town at about 3am and made their way to the residence of Alhaji Rabi’u, a businessman in the town.

“It was after they kidnapped Rabi’u, that the people pursued them into the bush with the intention of rescuing the victim.

“Realizing the danger facing them, the bandits climbed on trees and fired back at the villagers, killing 9 people with gun and slaughtering two”, the source who did not want his name on print stated.

When contacted for comment, the Police Public Relations Officer, Sokoto state police command, ASP Sadiq Abubakar neither picked the call nor responded to a text message sent to his phone.

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