At least 19 persons have been killed in Birnin Gwari and Kajuru Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna Central Senatorial District in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
The victims were killed by armed bandits in separate attacks on Saturday.
The state government confirmed the attacks in a statement issued by Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Sunday.
Aruwan said the government received the reports from security agencies in the areas.
He stated that the citizens were killed at Kutemeshi village in Birnin Gwari and Kujeni village in Kajuru, where several others were left with bullet wounds.
In Kutemeshi village of Birnin Gwari LGA, the commissioner said the following citizens were killed: Malan Sani Barume, Yahaya Bello, Amadu Dan Korau, Samaila Niga, Jamilu Haruna, Lawal Majiya, Dan Malam Rabo, Dauda Kafinta, Hassan Mai Makani, Bashir Haruna, Lawal Ali, Mu’azu Haruna, Mai Unguwa Sa’adu, and Harisu Bako.
“Some shops were also looted with valuable items carted away.
“Some of the injured have been moved to a neighboring state closer to Kutemeshi for urgent medical attention, while others are in transit to an orthopaedic hospital in Kaduna.
“So far, only the 14 corpses have been recovered from Kutemeshi. The Kaduna State Government will provide updates on any emerging developments,” Aruwan said.
In Kujeni village of Kajuru LGA, he disclosed that the attackers burnt several houses, storehouses with foodstuff, warehouses loaded with building materials and a Church.
He noted that the following citizens were killed: Bulus Jatau, Hanatu Emmanuel, Bitrus Tuna, Yohanna Mika, and Monday Ayuba. Those injured include Bulus Sambayi, and Godwin Yakubu.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who has been monitoring the security situation at the locations since Saturday morning, was said to have expressed sadness over the attacks.
“The Governor who condoled families that lost their loved ones, offered prayers for the repose of their souls and a speedy recovery for the injured.
“He further directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to urgently provide relief materials to the affected communities.
“The government and security agencies are following up on a reported attack on Sunday morning around Kikwari village of Kajuru LGA, and will also provide an update as soon as feedback is received,” Aruwan added.