Thirty-eight persons have been killed in a terrorist attack on Sunday, Dec. 19 in Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, authorities have said.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, made this known in two separate statements.
“Twenty-nine of the victims have been identified, with nine remaining unidentified as of the time of this update,” Aruwan said.
The victims include Rabi`u Wada, Salisu Boka, Alh. Nura Nuhu, Alh. Bashari Sabiu, Alh. Lawal Dahiru, Abbas Saidu, Inusa Kano, Malam Lawal Nagargari, Malam Aminu, Lawal Maigyad, Alh. Mustapha, and Lawal Aliyu.
Others are Sale Makeri, Sani Lawal, Auwal Umar, Jamilu Hassan, Badamasi Mukhtar, Malam Jibril, Lawal Tsawa, Sule Hamisu, Sadi Bala, Kabiru Gesha, Abubakar Sanusi, Saiph Alh Abdu, Haruna Musa, Lawal Hudu, Malam Shuaibu Habibu, Malam Yahaya Habibu, and Abubakar Yusuf.
In his earlier statement, the commissioner said houses, trucks, and cars were burnt by the attackers along with agricultural produce.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with sadness and sent condolences to the families of the victims of the brutal attacks while praying for the repose of their souls,” Aruwan said.
He said the governor also commiserated with the affected communities and directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an urgent assessment of the area towards providing relief.
On Friday, Dec. 17, nine persons were reported killed and two others injured in separate attacks in Chikun, Zaria, and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
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