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Seven people have been killed in fresh attacks by bandits on communities in three LGAs of Kaduna state.
Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, who confirmed the incident, said seven other people were injured, while some houses were burnt and cattle rustled.
The attacks were recorded in Igabi, Giwa and Chikun LGAs of the state.
According to him, in the first attack, the “bandits stormed Gangi village, Igabi LGA, shooting sporadically in what seemed to be a cattle rustling operation and in the process, four residents were killed”.
He identified the victims as Wada Sulaiman, Amiru Saidu, Yusha’u Mohammadu, and Osama Abdulwahab.
He added that two others — Ibrahim Jibrin and Abdulhamid Suleiman — sustained injuries from gunshots and are receiving treatment in the hospital.
The commissioner said, during the raid, the bandits razed three houses belonging to Mohammad Jibril, Salisu Ya’u, and Idris Muhammad, while a pickup truck belonging to one Umaru Saleh was also burnt.
“In all, 20 cows belonging to two residents of the village were rustled and herded away by the bandits,” the statement reads.
“In another incident, armed bandits attacked Marke village in Giwa local government area and killed one Rabiu Haruna.
“Similarly, at Kuriga in Chikun LGA, armed bandits killed two people along the Buruku road linking with Birnin Gwari local government area.
“The victims were identified as Ibrahim Yahu Birnin Gwari, and Haruna Usman. Another victim, Mansur Dada, sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in hospital.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the reports with sadness, and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, while praying for the repose of their souls. He also wished the injured citizens a quick recovery.”