At least 34 persons were reported killed in an attack by suspected terrorists in Madamai village in Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, a government official said.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affair said in a statement on Monday, Sept. 27 that the attackers were yet to be identified.
“As of the time of this update, 34 residents have been confirmed dead following the attack,” Aruwa said. Seven others sustained injuries, and are receiving treatment in a hospital in Plateau State, he added.
Aruwan said the troops of the Nigerian Army mobilised to the location and also came under fire, before forcing the assailants to withdraw after an intense gunfire exchange.
“Some houses were set ablaze by the attackers at one end of the village. The troops put out the fire at three of the burning houses, and rescued six locals from the inferno,” he said.
He said Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State has promised that the State Government would bear the full cost of injured victims’ treatment.
The Governor, Aruwan added, had ordered an urgent assessment of the area by the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, towards the provision of succor to the affected households.
The Governor, while condemning the act, described it as an unspeakable display of wickedness, meriting the severest form of punishment.
He appealed for calm and charged security agencies to intensify their efforts in the campaign against the gratuitous killing of innocent citizens and further tasked security agencies to ensure urgent and precise investigations into the horrific incident.
“Security agencies in the state said they were conducting operations in the general area, and the government will update citizens accordingly, as two suspects are being questioned in connection with the attack.”
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