The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of 11 locals and burning of 30 houses by gunmen at Atak Mawai community in Zaman Dabo village, Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state on Sunday.
The locals were reportedly burnt to death while sleeping when the gunmen set their homes on fire.
According to a resident in the Southern Kaduna area, ”We were attacked in the early hours of today( Sunday)by unknown gunmen, they killed about ten 10 people. The attackers also burnt down about ten (10) houses,” a native who craved for anonymity has alleged.
“The attackers stormed the community around 3 am when the people were asleep and went from house to house unleashing their deadly act against the people.”
“As l am talking to you, we are yet to ascertain the number of those killed and those injured by the attackers until we go round the area that is when we know who and who is around and what actually happened.”
Confirming the development, Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, said; “Security forces have reported to the Kaduna State Government that Kurmin Masara general area of Zangon Kataf LGA was attacked in the early hours of today. “
“According to the reports, troops of the Nigerian Air Force Special Forces who responded to distress calls from the area also fell into an ambush as they mobilized to the scene of the attack.”
“The troops cleared the ambush and reached the general area, along with troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).”
“As of 4:30 PM, eleven residents were confirmed killed, and some inflicted with gunshot injuries.”
“The victims confirmed killed are listed as follows: Elizabeth Ayuba – Veronica Auta , Bege Daniel, Kephas Waje ,- Promise Jacob ,Damaris istifanus , Hauwa Joshua ,Dogara Gambo, Lidia Ishaya ; Michael Achi and Gabriel Michael. “
“Over thirty houses and properties were burnt in the attack. The injured were evacuated for treatment. Search-and-rescue operations and pursuit of the attackers are in progress on different fronts.”
“The Government of Kaduna State will make public further details as soon as they are received from security forces.”
“Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, who has been in touch with the security forces and is receiving hourly briefings, expressed sadness at this report of the latest in a series of attacks in the area.”
“He prayed for the repose of all those killed and conveyed his condolences to their families. He further wished the injured a speedy recovery.”
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