At least 10 people were feared killed and even more sustained severe injuries in new attacks on two communities in Kaduna State on Saturday.
Properties were also looted and houses razed during the predawn attacks which, witnesses said, occurred in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, about 125 kilometres west of Kaduna town, and bore the marks of killer herdsmen.
“Herdsmen entered the villages between Friday night and early Saturday morning and killed about 10 people,” a witness said, preferring not to be named.
Kaduna State police commissioner, Mr Agyole Abeh confirmed the attacks, but said only four were killed and five injured.
“We have since deployed ‘Operation Dofaji’ and other police components to the area,” Abeh said.
Witnesses who reported the incident said the armed intruders stormed the village of Dangaji around 8:00 p.m. Friday, killing many and leaving several injured.
Another attack in a nearby community of Unguwar Gajere was also hit in a predawn assault by the unidentified suspects, who are still at large at the time of filing this report.
It was in Unguwar Gajere, which falls under Kutemeshi District, that the attackers killed 10 people on Saturday morning, witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear why the attackers struck in the two villages.