In a disturbing wave of violence, bandits attacked Kunkurai, Dokan Karji, and Angwan Sako communities in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, leaving at least 17 dead and more than 38 locals abducted.
The brazen assault unfolded over approximately six hours, during which the bandits terrorized the communities, creating a dire situation for the residents.
Despite the ongoing efforts to combat banditry, this recent incident highlights the persistent challenges faced by the region.
Hon. Aminu Khalid, a local politician in the affected area, reported that some villagers managed to rescue 20 individuals after engaging in a gun duel with the bandits. Unfortunately, nine villagers lost their lives during the confrontation, and 34 others were abducted.
Khalid appealed for military intervention to address the recurring attacks on communities, emphasizing the urgent need to dislodge the bandits from their camp located in the Kajuru and Kachia forests.
The bandits reportedly invaded the communities on foot, taking vantage positions simultaneously.
Rev Joseph John Hayab, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, expressed his concern over the bandits’ ruthless actions despite efforts made to address the security challenges in the region. He called on the governor and security agencies not to relent but to sustain the momentum in the fight against banditry.
As the affected communities grapple with the aftermath of the attack, the spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mansir Hassan, has yet to respond to inquiries about the incidents, leaving residents anxious for swift and effective intervention to ensure their safety and prevent further violence.