Gunmen suspected as bandits have killed nine people, including seven members of the same family during an attack in two local government areas of Igabi and Zaria in Kaduna State.
In a statement on Tuesday, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed that nine people were killed while five others were injured during the attacks which occurred on Monday night.
Aruwan said, according to a security report made available to the state government, the bandits first attacked Kudu Da Gari settlement in Sabon Birnin where seven people were killed.
He gave the names of the seven members of the same family killed to include, Dahiru Bilya, Jibrin Bilya, Dayyabu Adamu, Bashir Habibu, Jabir Shuaibu, Buhari Habibu and Abubakar Habibu.
The commissioner also listed the four injured persons in that attack as Audi Mohammad, Mubarak Ilya, Balarabe Junaidu and Umar Bilya.
The commissioner said, “Security forces have reported to the Kaduna State Government that nine citizens have been killed, with five injured and hundreds of animals rustled by bandits during three attacks across Igabi and Zaria local government areas.
“According to the first report, bandits attacked Kudu da Gari settlement in Sabon Birni, Igabi LGA and killed seven residents.
“Four others were left critically injured, and were rushed to a medical facility for treatment.
“In another incident, bandits invaded a herders’ settlement called Ruggar Goshe, on the outskirts of Kangimin Sarki village, Rigachikun, Igabi LGA. One Auwal Koshe was shot dead by the brigands, who then rustled about 250 goats and sheep from the settlement.
“Furthermore, bandits attacked another herders’ settlement at Filin Idin Barebare, Zaria Local Government Area, where they killed one Abubakar Mohammad. One Abubakar Aliyu sustained gunshot injuries to his ribs, and is receiving medical attention. The bandits then rustled an unspecified number of cattle from the settlement.”
He said two of the bandits, while retreating the Malul Forest in the same Igabi local government, were gunned down by troops.
“On another note, troops have reported that two bandits were neutralised around the outskirts of Tumbau village, Kerawa, Igabi LGA.
“The bandits were retreating to the Malul Forest when they were intercepted by the troops, and two of them were neutralised in the ensuing firefight, with an AK-47 rifle recovered,” he added.
The commissioner also quoted the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as expressing grief over the attacks while commending “the troops for their alertness and swift response during the engagement which saw two bandits neutralised.”
This comes barely two days after Bandits killed eight persons and abducted over 20 residents during an attack at the Igabi, Chikun, and Zango-Kataf local government areas of Kaduna.