At least 42 people have been killed between Sunday and Monday following attacks and reprisals in the southern senatorial district of Kaduna State.
Newsmen report that several other people sustained injuries during attacks in Madamai and Kacecere communities in Kaura and Zangon Kataf local government areas respectively.
It was learnt that some of the injured were receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau State.
Sources from Kaura and Zangon Kataf, however, said the death toll could rise to 50 as more corpses are being discovered in surrounding bushes.
Kaduna State Government yesterday confirmed that the attack in Madamai village of Kaura LGA on Sunday evening claimed 34 lives.
A reprisal on Monday claimed eight lives at Kacecere village in Zangon Kataf LGA bringing the death toll to 42.
Derek Christopher from Kaura told newsmen that the remains of 45 persons have been discovered from the Madamai attack.
Newsmen report that an earlier attack on Jankasa village in Zangon Kataf had claimed the life of one Yakubu Danjuma, which was confirmed by the state’s Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
Mama Jerry, who escaped the attack, told our correspondent that most of those who survived the attack hid in nearby bushes where they watched as gunmen attacked their community, killed and set houses ablaze.
Kaduna State Government said attacks in Jankasa and Madamai had led to a reprisal on Kacecere community, where eight persons were killed and six others injured with several houses razed.
Malam Shu’aibu Tanimu, a resident of Kacecere, said “We heard gunshots from the outskirt of Kacecere yesterday (Sunday) night, and on Monday morning we were attacked by our neighbouring tribes who accused us of hiding Fulani herdsmen that were attacking them,” Tanimu said.
They told us that the Fulani killed one of their community members in the night. The combined security forces that came conducted house-to-house search for Fulani herdsmen but didn’t find any in our custody, yet the people launched an attack on us today (Monday) and killed eight of our people, including women and children,” he said.
The Kaduna State government Monday condemned the resurgence of attacks in the southern part of the state and tasked security agencies to ensure urgent and precise investigations into the incidents.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai, while expressing sadness at the report of attacks in Kaura and Zangon Kataf LGAs, appealed for calm and charged security agencies to intensify their efforts in the campaign against the gratuitous killing of innocent citizens.
The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, said El-Rufai had ordered an urgent assessment of the areas by the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, to provide succour to the affected households.