On Saturday, 19 December 2020, a woman and her six children have reportedly been killed by unidentified gunmen on Saturday during an attack on Lere and Kauru local government areas of Kaduna State.
Others were declared missing, while others said to have sustained injuries.
Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement, said that the attacks were a reprisal following the Thursday attack on Gora Gan in the Zangon Kataf local government area resulting in the loss of seven lives and the burning of 13 houses and two shops.
The statement explained that the military and the police informed the government regarding the Kauru and Lere local government areas’ attacks.
It explained that aggrieved youths of Gan in Zangon Kataf local government areas carried out the attacks due to the killing of seven persons at Zangon Kataf.
Two herders were injured at Ningi village of Lere local government area while seven herders were killed in the counter-attack at Ungwan ldi and Kasheku villages of Kauru local government area.
The statement gave the names of those killed at Ungwan ldi and Kasheku villages in Kauru local government area as Ya’u Kada (one), Mustapha Haruna (one-year-old), Aisha Abdullahi (one), Sa’idu Abdullahi (one), Sadiya Abdullahi (five), Zainab Zakari (one), and one unidentified woman burnt beyond recognition.
The statement further explained that five persons were declared missing, while six houses were razed down during the attacks.
Two were wounded in Kauru reprisal and are currently receiving treatment at Ungwan ldi clinic; they include Sadiya Abdullahi (25) and Aisha Mohammed (20).
According to the report Lere local government area gave, the Commissioner noted that the two herders injured at Ningi village are seven-year-old Isa Joda and Bingel Odi (31).
He further stressed that they are currently receiving treatment at General hospital, Saminaka.
The state Governor of Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has in a statement condemned the counter-attacks.
He commiserated with families of those who lost their loved ones during the unfortunate attacks and wished those recuperating a speedy recovery.
Governor El-Rufai described the killings of Atyap and Fulani community members as unfortunate.
The state governor lamented a situation in which people resort to violence, saying that it was not a solution to grievances and disputes but a tragic way to escalate matters and drag people into more pain and misery.
He further directed the State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief to the affected families immediately.
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