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Terrorists Kill 2, Injure 6 In Kaduna

The Kaduna state government, Northwest Nigeria, has confirmed that terrorists invaded two local government areas, killing two people and injuring six others.

Terrorists on Tuesday May 4, killed two residents and injured six others during an attack in Chikun and Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, northwestern Nigeria

Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed that the terrorists stormed Mazari, a community close to Buruku in the Chikun Local Government Area where they killed one and injured three persons. 

He identified one Mariya Sale as the murdered while three others identified as Ladidi Abdullahi, Zubaida Balarabe, and Hauwa’u Ayuba were injured in the area. 

Aruwan said the terrorists moved to Doka village in Kajuru Local Government Area where they killed one Bitrus Luka and injured Kings Andy, Danladi Audu, and Titus Friday in another onslaught. 

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the reports with sadness and prayed for the repose of the souls of the slain victims while offering his heartfelt condolences to their families. He also wished the injured a quick recovery,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner said the Nigerian Air Force component of the Operation Thunder Strike, following credible intelligence, bombed and killed some terrorists plotting to attack Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

Kaduna State has been among the worst hit by terror attacks. Terror groups continue to engage in daily pillages and kidnappings for ransom, challenging the security apparatus deployed to resist them. 

On Friday, March 12, a terror group abducted 39 students –23 females and 16 males– when they invaded the Federal College Agricultural Mechanisation in Igabi Local Government Area of  Kaduna State.

Five of them were released afterwards, which came on the heels of a threat by their parents that they would negotiate with the terrorists following insistence of Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State that his administration would not negotiate with the terrorists.

On Tuesday, May 4, the parents of the remaining abducted students protested at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital calling on the government to secure the release of their children. 

“Help us please, this pain is too much, last year they said corona, this year is kidnappers, these people are supposed to have graduated since last year … I don’t have a husband. I am a widow … I don’t have anyone except God?” Zachariah Rabiba, a mother to one of the abductees said. 

On April 21, the terrorists invaded a private university in the state, Greenfield University, killed one staff member and kidnapped about 23 students.

The terrorists killed five of the students and kept 17 after they requested for N100 million and 10 motorcycles to be delivered to them, threatening they would kill the students on Tuesday if they received no response. 

One of the students was however released on Tuesday. His mother, Lauretta Attahiru, confirmed the development to journalists but did not disclose whether ransom was paid to the terrorists.

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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