Several persons are feared dead after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked two villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The attacks were said to have taken place on Friday night in Dangaji and Ungwan Gajere villages.
Some reports put the death toll at ten, with several persons also said to have sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.
The villagers reportedly fled to safety as the gunmen unleashed mayhem.
A community leader in one of the affected villages was quoted thus: “It is unfortunate that since on Friday night we encountered the attack of herdsmen in Dangaji village. They were shooting and burning houses and people had to run for their dare lives.
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“This morning (Saturday ) they went to another village, Unguwan Gajere and killed about nine men. One of those wounded died on the way to the hospital”.
The community leader also revealed that “the herdsmen had disappeared” before soldiers could arrive.
Husseini Mukhtar, spokesman of the Kaduna State police command, confirmed the attack.
He however claimed that five people, who were mainly members of the vigilante group, were killed.
He added that the police and the military were collaborating on a manhunt for the attackers.
Also, Senator Shehu Sani, while confirming the incident via his twitter handle, said, “There’s a fresh attack by Gunmen in my constituency,Birnin Gwari LG,Kaduna state today,killing scores of people.My condolences to the families of the deceased.I will surely raise this on the floor of the senate on our resumption, Insha Allah”.
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