The Kaduna Government says at least eight persons have been killed in what looked like a reprisal attack in Kacecere Village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
This followed the killing of no fewer than 34 persons by bandits at Madamai and Abun villages in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday evening.
Seven persons were said to have sustained injuries in the attacks.
Another statement released on Monday by the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the attacks in the two communities led to the killing of the eight persons
The commissioner expressed governor Nasir El-Rufai’s anger over the renewed attacks in the southern Kaduna
He also quoted the governor to have appealed for calm over the attacks, calling on residents not to take the laws into their own hands.
The commissioner said, “The Kaduna State Government has received reports from security agencies of an attack by unidentified persons in Kacecere village, Zangon Kataf LGA, which has resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
“According to the reports, this attack was in reprisal to earlier attacks in Jankasa village, Zangon Kataf LGA, where one Mr. Yakubu Danjuma was killed; and also in Madamai in Kaura LGA where 34 persons were killed.
“The attacks in these two locations, security agencies reported, led to the reprisal attacks by unidentified assailants on Kacecere community, which has left eight dead, six persons injured and several houses razed.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed deep sadness at the reports and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased, as he prayed for the repose of victims’ souls.
“The governor appealed for recourse to the law and urged communities to eschew reprisals and similar violent actions. He also tasked security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the incident.
“As of the time of this update, troops and Police personnel were working in the locations and the public will be briefed after official reports are received.”