Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked Warsa Piti, in Mariri District of Lere local government area of Kaduna State.
Disclosing this in a statement on Tuesday, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, quoting an eyewitness, said that the military stated that the attackers numbering about six, masked and dressed in black, invaded the community late on Monday night and began shooting sporadically.
“Troops on receiving a distress call mobilized to the location and engaged the assailants who then fled into the forest. However, two citizens had already been killed, identified as Sale Muhammad and Aguno Bawuro.”
The Commissioner confirmed another attack on Randagi village in Birnin Gwari local government area. One Dantani Maifaskari was killed and some others injured by bandits, who also looted shops in the area.
He said that prompt response by the military in the air and on the ground helped immensely in knocking back the bandits.
In a separate incident, the military also reported that unidentified youths attacked a herders’ settlement in Kurmin Bi village of Zangon Kataf local government area.
Aruwan said the attack was an apparent reprisal to the earlier attack on Wawan Rafi in the same local government in which one person was killed and several injured by armed bandits.
“The herders in the settlement escaped but six cows were killed by the attackers, with four others injured. A house was also burnt down within the settlement.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness at the reports, and prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed by the suspected robbers in Lere local government area, and the bandits in Birnin Gwari.
“He also appreciated the maturity and understanding being shown by Birnin Gwari community, and assured them that the government and security agencies will continue to work on the security situation in the Birnin Gwari general area.
“Commenting on the reprisal attack in Kurmin Bi, the Governor enjoined all residents to embrace recourse to the law, rather than launch perceived counter attacks. He tasked the security agencies to step up investigations and stabilize the area. Investigations into the incidents are in progress, as troops intensify patrols in the general areas,” He added.