At least 20 people were killed on Friday with several others injured in fresh attacks on three communities in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The attack was carried out in Kurmin Masara, Apyia Shyim, and Takmawai communities of the Local Government Area.
The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalinge, confirmed the attack to newsmen.
The killings came barely days after more security agencies were deployed to the vulnerable communities of the state to protect residents.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, the Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer said:
“21 persons were killed and three were injured. We have beefed up security there to prevent further occurrence.
“Investigations are ongoing to ascertain who the attackers were and to effect their arrest.’’
Chairman of Zango Kataf Local Government, Elias Manza described the incident as “a coordinated attack”.
, added that the gunmen invaded the three communities and started shooting indiscriminately.
According to him, seven people were killed in Takmawai, while 13 others were killed in Kurmin Masara.
Eyewitnesses said the assailants launched coordinated attacks on Apyia’Shyim, A’Piako, Atak’Mawei and Kibori villages all in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf.
One eyewitness said: “It rained all through the night in the area and the attackers had unchallenged operations from around 10 pm Wednesday till early morning yesterday.
“By the time they were done, 20 corpses were recovered at about 12 pm on Thursday, while the search is still on.
“They also burnt several houses.’’
The communities are within the local governments under 24-hour curfew since June 11.
The Secretary, Atyap Traditional Council, Mr Stephen Akut, meanwhile, noted that the current casualty figures could rise.
This according to him, is because the whole dead bodies have not been accounted for as those still missing were yet to be found.
He, however, assured that security has been beefed up as more operatives have been mobilized to the affected communities.