No fewer than 24 people have been killed and several others sustained injuries when bandits invaded some communities in Birnin-Gwari and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna State in separate attacks.
Nineteen people were said to have been killed in Kutemeshi village, in Kuyello District, Birnin-Gwari LGA, while five were killed in the attack on Kujeni village, Kajuru LGA.
According to reports, the bandits invaded Kikwari village, of Kajuru LGA on Saturday, and operated for about three hours without interference by the security agencies.
The Councilor representing Kuyello Ward, AbdulRahman Yusuf who confirmed the incident, said only local vigilantes came to the rescue of the villagers during the attack.
“Those in critical condition have been transferred to Kaduna for treatment. As we speak we are preparing to bury those killed any moment from now,” he said.
However, in a statement confirming the incident, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said 14 people were killed in the attack on Kutemeshi, while five others were killed in the attack on Kujeni village, Kajuru LGA.
He also said the bandits looted shops and burnt houses.