No fewer than 13 persons have been reportedly killed after terrorists suspected to be Fulani herdsmen raided Apyizhim, a Christian community near Kibori in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state on Sunday night.
The attackers in their numbers invaded the agrarian community at about 8 pm local time and began shooting sporadically as villagers scamper for safety.
Community sources who prefer to be anonymous said the attack left 13 people dead, including two heavily pregnant.
“Eleven adults were killed but among them were two heavily pregnant women which brings the figure to at least 13,” a resident was quoted by PSJ.
The latest attack is coming barely 24 hours after a clergy, Rev. Silas Ali was murdered by suspected herdsmen in the same area.
It would be recalled that last week, two youths from Kurmin Masara a neighbouring community to Apyizhim were slaughtered by suspected herdsmen on their farmland.
Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state a predominantly Christian local government has come under repeated terrorist herdsmen attack in the last one year starting from June 2020.
In July this year, several communities were attacked in the local government leaving over a hundred persons dead and over 300 houses, and farmlands destroyed.
As at the time of filing this report, the dead bodies are yet to be buried as youths of the community are insisting that the bodies be taken to the palace of the paramount ruler of Atyap Chiefdom as a form of protest against the incessant killings in the area.
A youth who is currently on ground in the community who gave his name as Mbason confirmed the attack.
“As I speak to you now, there is serious commotion here, the elders are saying the victims should be buried while the youths are insisting on moving the bodies to the Chief’s palace,” Mbason said.
Meanwhile, there is no official statement from the state’s authorities at the time of publication.