No fewer that 29 people have been killed in a fresh attack by bandits on Rungi village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The attack which occurred at about 10:pm on Saturday night, April 15, 2023, comes barely three days after bandits killed eight people at Takjei community in Zangon Kataf.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that several houses in the community were burnt down while some residents were injured by the attackers.
“The military has informed the Kaduna State Government of an attack in Runji village, Zangon Kataf LGA, in which several lives were lost on Saturday night,” the statement read.
“The preliminary report further informed the government that the attack also left some residents injured and an unspecified number of houses burnt down in the community.
“According to the report, troops had a fierce encounter with the attackers and are still in the general area.
“While waiting for a detailed report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai who received the preliminary report in the early hours of Sunday, has condemned the killings as unacceptable and unjustifiable.
“The Governor condoled the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of the victims’ souls. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“The Kaduna State Government will update the public on the incident as soon as detailed reports are received from the security agencies.” On his part, the National President of Atyap Community Development Association, Sam Timbuwak told Channels Television that some of the bandits were equally killed by soldiers and some vigilantes who responded promptly to the area and engaged the attackers in a gun battle.
He added that the casualty figure would have been higher if not for the intervention of the soldiers.