During a period of retaliation by gunmen on four villages in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, three persons, and an unidentified herdsman, were killed on Saturday.
The four villages attacked are Ungwan Gaiya, Ungwan Gimba, Ungwan Makama and Apimbu
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, revealed this in a statement on Sunday.
The government statement is titled, ‘Four killed in further reprisal, as more troops are deployed in flashpoints…El-Rufai reiterates stand on recourse to the law’.
In the statement, at least 14 persons were killed by gunmen in three local government areas of the state; Zango-Kataf, Kauru and Lere between Thursday night and Saturday night.
It said some villagers were also injured and were receiving medical attention in hospitals while several houses were razed as well.
The commissioner said the military and the police informed the government of the latest attacks and as a result of the counter-attacks, seven herders at Ungwan Idi and Kasheku of Kauru Local Government Area were killed.
He said three more corpses were recovered, during the troops’ clearance operations at Ungwan Gaiya, Ungwan Gimba and Ungwan Makama of Zangon Kataf Local Government Areatwo of which two of the corpses were identified.
Aruwan, who listed the names of those killed as, Noel Markus (35), Titus Thomas (32), and an unidentified herder, added that two mobile phones were recovered.
The commissioner also disclosed that the military reported that one citizen was killed in Apimbu village of the same local government.
He said “The deceased was identified as 35-year-old Kambai Yohanna.”
He added that the corpses and other valuables were handed over to the police for further investigation.
“The military confirmed that two houses were burnt in the Apimbu attack. In the meantime, troops of Operation Safe Haven and Special Forces are still carrying out operations in Kauru and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas,” he added.