The Kaduna State The government has confirmed another attack by gunmen in Runji village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area.
The government said several people were killed in Saturday’s attack.
The confirmation was given on Sunday morning by Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner, Ministry of Homeland Security and Internal Affairs.
Mr. Aruwan said the military reported the attack to the Kaduna State Government.
However, he said the details of the specific casualties would be released later in a subsequent briefing as security operatives were still at the scene of the attack.
“The preliminary report also informed the government that the attack left some residents injured and an unspecified number of houses in the community were burnt down.
“According to the report, the troops had a tough encounter with the attackers and they are still in the general area.
“While awaiting a detailed report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who received the preliminary report in the early hours of Sunday, has condemned the killings as unacceptable and unjustifiable.
“The governor condoled with the bereaved families and prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“The Kaduna State Government will inform the public of the incident as soon as it receives detailed reports from the security agencies.
Saturday’s attack was the second in a week in the local government. PREMIUM TIMES reported that eight people were killed in Zangon Kataf last week.
Sam Timbuwa, president of the Atyap Community Development Association, a community-based organization in the area, said the initial killings took place on Thursday in the Atak’Njei community.
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He said gunmen invaded the community from a nearby bush and started a shootout, killing eight people in the process.
Zangon Kataf in Southern Kaduna is one of the areas terrorized by non-state actors.
In recent years, thousands of people have been killed or kidnapped by various armed groups in Kaduna. The killings have continued despite the efforts of the security forces.
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