Close to 10 people have reportedly died with many others sustaining severe injuries in new attacks on two communities in Kaduna State allegedly by herdsmen on Saturday, according to a report by Premium Times.
The report further revealed that properties worth millions of naira were also looted and houses razed during the predawn attacks which occurred in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, about 125 kilometres west of Kaduna town, and bore the marks of killer herdsmen.
A witness on condition of anonymity told Premium Times that the attack was executed by herdsmen.
“The herdsmen entered the villages between Friday night and early Saturday morning and killed about 10 people,” the witness said.
The Kaduna State police commissioner, Agyole Abeh confirmed the attacks saying that only four were killed and five injured.
“We have since deployed ‘Operation Dofaji’ and other police components to the area,” Mr. Abeh said.
It was reliably gathered that the armed intruders stormed the village of Dangaji around 8:00 p.m. Friday, killing many and leaving several injured.
Another attack in a nearby community of Unguwar Gajere was also hit in a predawn assault by the unidentified suspects, who are still at large at the time of filing this report Saturday evening.
It was in Unguwar Gajere, which falls under Kutemeshi District, that the attackers killed 10 people on Saturday morning, witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear why the attackers struck in the two villages.
Mr. Abeh indicated that the latest attacks involved suspected herdsmen and members of the local vigilante groups, but did not elaborate, saying he was at a meeting.
The locals said it was true that the vigilante men tried to repel the invaders, but were largely overpowered.
“They caused a lot of damage because the vigilante groups were not adequately equipped to contain them,” a witness said.
The attacks come as the attention after such incident was recorded in Benue state after herdsmen killed over 70 persons including three policemen between December 31 and January 8, according to state government officials.