Bandits have killed at least 18 people and abducted an undisclosed number of others, including a toddler, in Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
According to Daily Trust, seven persons were killed in Anaba village in Igabi, while eight were killed when gunmen invaded Barinje village in Chikun local government.
While confirming the attacks, the Kaduna State Government said bandits also attacked Kwarten Rigasa, Kwarten Waziri and Kwarten Shaku communities within Igabi, and in the process killed one Danjuma Isa from neighboring Ungwan Kanti village.
The state government added that the gunmen had invaded Sanhu Makera village in Igabi and killed one Yakubu Abdullahi, a farmer, while unknown assailants on Tuesday killed one Maryam Lash Tahir around Ministerial Pilot Housing Estate, Millennium City, Chikun.
The newspaper said residents of Barinje disclosed that the bandits attacked the village around 6:00pm on Tuesday.
Hassan Silas said many residents have relocated to Buruku town, adding that many sustained gunshot wounds.
He further stated that the attackers abducted a toddler and rustled about 100 cattle.
The state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said at Anabe, the bandits also burnt down houses, storehouses and barns as well as escaped with 20 cows.
Aruwan noted that attacks on soft targets at Anaba and Barinje villages in the two LGAs followed the killing of several armed bandits via targeted air operations.
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“Suspicious movements were sighted at Goron Dutse, the sources of which were promptly engaged and neutralized. Also, at Kuyanbana, a long convoy of motorcycles was observed heading into the forest, which was likewise vigorously engaged and neutralized,” he said in a statement.