Again, gunmen attack Southern Kaduna communities, kill nine

Some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Friday night attack three communities in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of the Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna State and killed at least nine persons.

Eleven others were said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack which took place around 7pm.

Several houses were also razed during the attack on Zikpak, Ungwan Masara, in Fantsuam area of Jema’a LGA and Maraban Kagoro in Kaura LGA, PUNCH reports.

Following the attack, the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday night imposed a 24-hour-curfew on Jema’a and Kaura LGAs.

El-Rufai, who tweeted on Friday night, said at the request of security agencies, the state government extended to Jema’a and Kaura LGAs, the 24-hour curfew that is in force in Kauru and Zangon Kataf LGAs to help contain violence, restore law and order in the area.

However, our Correspondent gathered that after the attack on the three communities which claimed the lives of nine persons, the attackers returned on Saturday morning with renewed venom.

According to a source, no fewer than 50 gunmen invaded Zikpak and shot sporadically before taking over Ungwan Masada and Maraban Kagoro communities.

This was fifth in the series of attacks launched by suspected Fulani militia on Southern Kaduna communities in the space of a month.

When contacted, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, said, “I am aware of the imposition of the curfew yesterday (Friday) by His Excellency but this one (new attack), let me find out and I will get back to you.”

But Jalige had yet to call back as of the time of filing this report.

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