Several killed in fresh attacks in Kaduna
The Kaduna State government on Sunday confirmed that there were fresh attacks in Kaduna, as suspected gunmen killed scores of people in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
This was confirmed by the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Mr. Samuel Aruwan.
Aruwan, speaking in a statement, said that the military and other security agencies informed the Kaduna State Government that several lives were lost in a series of killings and counter-killings in Giwa local government area of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
According to the security brief, the attacks in Kaduna began on the 1st of January, 2021 when armed bandits attacked Kaya town and kidnapped some locals including two married women.
The bandits were then fiercely pursued by a combined team of volunteers from Kaya, and from Hayin Kaura village of Katsina State, in keeping with their practice of supporting the efforts of security agencies in their respective communities.
The bandits, in the course of the confrontation, kidnapped and killed one Shamsu Umar, a leader of the Kaya volunteers. His corpse was found on the 2nd of January 2021 after a search operation in the forest.
On the same day as the recovery of the corpse, unidentified persons came across some herders, and in apparent retaliation for the killing of Shamsu Umar, killed four of them.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai who was involved in coordinating responses to the attack on Saturday night, condoled the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls.