From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
No fewer than 10 people have been reported killed by bandits early Monday in Zangon Kataf and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State.
Beside the killings, bandits set ablaze 10 houses, two motorcycles and 50 bags of ginger in the areas.
State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the bloody attacks.
The state Commissioner for Internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement: ‘The military and other security agencies have reported the killing of 10 citizens in Zangon Kataf and Chikun local government areas.
‘In Zangon Kataf, Kurmin Gandu village was attacked by armed bandits, with five persons killed.
‘In addition, 10 houses, two motorcycles and 50 bags of ginger were set ablaze. Some dry season farmers lost water pumping machines and other valuables around the Zango Urban general area.
‘Some survivors of the attack are recuperating in hospital. Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are in progress, and information arising from this will be communicated to the public.
‘In addition, it took the military hours to contain what would have resulted in further violence in the general area.
‘Similarly, security agencies reported that armed bandits attacked Sabon Gayan village in Chikun local government area and killed four persons.
‘As of the time of this update, troops of Operation Thunder Strike are combing identified criminal hideouts in the Sabon Gayan area, following reports that several bandits sustained bullet wounds.
‘In another incident, bandits attacked Ungwan Turai, also in Chikun local government area, and killed one Ayuba Waziri.
‘Receiving the reports, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness at the attacks, and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, while praying for the repose of their souls. He also wished those injured a quick recovery.’