Thirteen people, including a one-year-old child, have been killed in a series of attacks across communities in Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
Official statements from the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attacks on Friday.
He said the military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven furnished the state with the information regarding the latest attacks.
Aruwan said 56 houses and 16 motorcycles were razed, with several barns and houses burnt during the attack.
Some of those killed were identified as Esther Bulus, Maria Bulus (one-year-old daughter of Esther), Lami Bulus, Aliyu Bulus, Monday Joseph, Geje Abuba, Wakili Filibus, Yakubu Ali, Dije Waziri and Joseph Ibrahim.
Those injured during the attack are Cecilia Aku, Yakubu Idi, Godiya Saleh, and Moses Adamu.
Aruwan explained that the bandits first attacked Gora Gan Village in Zango-Kataf LG, where they killed one Irmiya Godwin on his way from the farm while his brother escaped.
The commissioner added that in another incident, the bandits attacked Kizachi village of Kauru LGA and killed 10 persons, leaving four others injured.
He said, “Fifty-six houses and 16 motorcycles were razed, with several barns also raided and burnt.
“Furthermore, Masaka village in Chikun local government was attacked. One Duza Bamaiyi was killed, and two other persons were injured. Troops mobilised to the location to eventually repel the attack.
“Similarly, armed bandits killed one Zakka Pada in Kurmin Kaduna of Chikun local government area, and left one Pada Dalle injured.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report with sadness and prayed for the repose of the souls of the slain while sending condolences to their families. He wished the injured citizens quick recovery.”