Fresh Kajuru Attack Claims 20 Lives

Fresh Kajuru Attack Claims 20 Lives

Governor el-Rufai of Kaduna State

No fewer than 20 persons have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack by unknown gunmen in Angwan Aku village, Kajuru Local government area of Kaduna state.

It was learned that the attack took place at about 7:00 am on Monday when the attackers allegedly dressed in military uniform and armed with AK47 rifles, machetes and sticks stormed the village shooting sporadically.

Several others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries from gunshots.

According to a source quoted by The Nation, “The attackers stormed the village and started shooting indiscriminately. We all started running to the bush. As we were running, they were also 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 speaking in Fulani language. I saw them from where I was hiding” he said.

The source further alleged that the police arrived 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 an impending attack 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 had led to the killing of more of our people. It is rather very unfortunate”, he said.

The recurring killings in Kajuru communities started on February 10, 2019 when Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked Anguwan Barde, an Adara community in the night and killed eleven people.

The Adara were alleged to have embarked on reprisal attacks, killing many Fulani.


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a true and true Chelsea FC fan.


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