- The Northern Governors Forum has expressed concerns over the consistent attack on southern Kaduna communities
- Armed gunmen attacked four villages in the area again on Wednesday night, August 5
- Southern Kaduna communities continue to witness unprecedented attacks by an armed militia unchallenged
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The Northern Governors Forum has condemned the recent attack in Southern Kaduna in which about 20 persons were reportedly killed on Wednesday night, August 5.
The armed gunmen attacked four Atyap villages in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state.
In a statement sent to journalists, chairman of the forum and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong said the persistent attacks on villages in the area despite all efforts by the Kaduna state government and security agencies to end the violence raises serious concern and condemnation.
Lalong said the recent attack shows the desperate attempt by criminal elements to not only cause pain and sorrow among innocent citizens but also frustrate the efforts of the Kaduna State Government at fostering peace and harmony.
His words: “We are deeply saddened by this cycle of violence and blood-letting that is carried out against unarmed and helpless people. This is reprehensible and regrettable.
“While we call on the security agencies to rise up to the occasion and apprehend these criminals, we also encourage the citizens to assist with relevant intelligence that will lead to the arrest of these bloodthirsty people.”
Recall that no fewer than 20 people have been reportedly killed and several others injured in the fresh attacks.
The affected communities were Kurmin Masara, Apyia Shyim, and Takmawai.
The fresh killings come few days after security agencies were deployed to the vulnerable communities of the state to prevent residents from further attacks.
The chairman of Zango Kataf local government, Elias Manza told Channels Television that the gunmen, suspected to be Fulani militia, invaded the three communities and started shooting indiscriminately at peoples houses.
He explained that seven people were killed in Takmawai while 13 others were killed in Kurmin Masara in what seems like a coordinated attack.
Speaking further, Manza says that several houses were burnt down by the attackers while residents have fled from their homes to neighbouring communities for fear of more attacks.
In a related development, armed men suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday, July 30, returned to Abuja-Kaduna expressway and abducted an unspecified number of travellers.
The incident happened as many Muslim faithful travel to spend time with their loved ones for the Sallah festivities.
Witnesses say the attack occurred near Katari village on the said day a few minutes to 9 am as Kaduna state continues to witness unprecedented violence in recent weeks.
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