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Again, terrorists attack Kaduna church worshippers, kill 3, kidnap scores

…Ward Head, Youth Leader among the dead.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Uneasy calm again, as terrorist attacked church worshippers and other natives in Kajuru LGA area of Kaduna State, killing three and kidnapping scores, according to the state security update on Sunday, 19th June, 2022. 

The statement, signed by the state commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, quoted security agencies’ reports to the Kaduna State Government.

“On a sad note, security agencies have reported to the Kaduna State Government that bandits attacked worshippers and locals at Ungwan Fada, Ungwan Turawa and Ungwan Makama in Rubu general area of Kajuru local government area,” he stated.

Aruwan added that, according to the report, the bandits stormed the villages on motorcycles, beginning from Ungwan Fada, and moving into Ungwan Turawa, before Ungwan Makama and then Rubu. 

“In Rubu Village, the bandits attacked worshippers in the Maranatha Baptist Church and St. Moses Catholic Church. 

“Three locals, who have been confirmed killed in the attacks, are identified as Peter Madaki (Ward Head of Ungwan Fada), Elisha Ezekiel (Resident of Ungwan Fada), and Ali Zamani (Youth Leader of Rubu), respectively.

“Two persons were left injured in the attacks: one Aniro Mai and a yet to be unidentified woman. An unspecified number of locals were also kidnapped, according to the reports received. The bandits looted shops and carted away some valuables from the villages,” it added.

Receiving the report, Kaduna State Acting Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, expressed deep sadness, and condemned the attack in the strongest terms. She sent her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims, as she prayed for the repose of their souls. 

“The Acting Governor also commiserated with the attacked churches, and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. 

“Security patrols are being conducted in the general area as investigations proceeded. Citizens will be briefed on emerging developments,” it stated.

Recalled that the Kajuru LGA came under attack recently with many reportedly killed through alleged helicopter-aided attacks.

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