Bandits kill 8, raze church, houses in Kaduna

Bandits kill 8, raze church, houses in Kaduna

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Eight persons residents were killed when suspected bandits launched attack on Ungwan Gaida Community, near Kurmin Kaso, Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State on Wednesday.

The hoodlums, also razed Assemblies of God Church with several houses in the incident, according to the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan in the State.

He gave the names of those killed in the statement on Wednesday as Samaila Gajere, Bawa Gajere, Bitrus Baba, Umaru Baba, Solomon Samaila, Sambo Kasuwa, Samuila Kasuwa and Gideon Bitrus.

“A building belonging to the Assemblies of God Church was razed by the bandits, along with several houses”.

In a related development, Nigerian Navy troops stationed in the Kujama general area killed three bandits and arrested two accomplices.

Security sources said the troops had also repelled an attack on Wakwodna community, near Kasso village, Chikun Local Government area.

According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, the troops stationed at the Kujama Bandits kill 8, burnt Assemblies of God church in Kaduna.

Checkpoint responded to reports of an attack on Wakwodna village, and swiftly deployed for intervention while the bandits fled into surrounding bushes on sighting the troops and abandoned some rustled cattle, which were rounded up and returned to their rightful owners.

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According to reports, the troops engaged the bandits just before Kaso village, and in the gunfight, three bandits were neutralized.

Two locals who were injured in the exchange were evacuated for medical attention.

The troops arrested a suspected bandits informant, Kapido Halilu, and a logistics supplier, Umar Maipashi. Food and medical supplies meant for the bandits were confiscated. The suspects were taken into custody for further investigation during the operation.

Reacting to the incidents, Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report of the attack on Ungwan Gaida with sadness, and condoled the families of the slain citizens, as he offered prayers for the repose of their souls.

He further condemned the attack on the place of worship and directed the State Emergency Management Agency to carry out an urgent assessment of the damage in the area for intervention.

He also commended the Nigerian Navy troops for their swift response in Wakwodna, and the successful operations. He wished the injured citizens a quick recovery.

Bodies of the victims of attack had been deposited in undisclosed morgue while security patrol has been stepped up in the localities.

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