Gunmen Kill 20 Persons in Fresh Attack in Kaduna
No fewer than 20 people have been killed in a fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Anguwan Aku village, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Several others were said to have sustained injuries from gunshots.
The incident, according to a resident of the community, took place at 7 a.m. yesterday.
He said the attackers were dressed in military uniform and were armed with AK47 rifles, machetes and sticks and were communicating with one another in Fulani language.
According to him, the invaders started shooting sporadically on arrival at the village.
“They were shooting indiscriminately and everybody started running to the bush. They were pursuing us as we ran to the bush; some people were killed in the bush.
“Some of them were wearing military uniforms with bulletproof vests and they were communicating in Fulani language. I saw them from where I was hiding,” he said.
He further alleged that the police arrived at the village in eight Hilux vans, but could not go into the bushes to pursue the bandits.
“The police came in eight Hilux vehicles, but instead of pursuing the bandits who ran to the bushes, they just turned back,” he alleged.
According to him, there had been speculations about impending attacks since last week, which the state government was aware of.
“We had thought that the government would have taken the speculations seriously and be proactive, but they didn’t take it seriously and this led to the killing of more of our people. It is rather very unfortunate,” he said.
A former president of the Adara Development Association (ADA), Mr. Danladi Yarima, confirmed the killings in a telephone interview, describing it as unfortunate.
He accused Governor Nasir el-Rufai of bias in handling the crisis.
The incessant killings in Kajuru communities started in February 10, 2019 when Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked Anguwan Barde, an Adara community in the night and killed 11 people.