Kaduna govt confirms bandit attack on worshippers, 3 killed, others injured
The Kaduna State Government (KDSG) has confirmed that bandits attacked worshippers in Kajuru Local Government Area, killing three people and injuring two more.
In a statement made on Sunday in Kaduna, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, acknowledged the occurrence.
Aruwan said, “On a sad note, security agencies have reported to the Kaduna state government that bandits attacked worshippers and locals at Ungwan Fada, Ungwan Turawa and Ungwan Makama in Rubu general area of Kajuru local government area.”
According to NAN, bandits stormed the villages on motorbikes, starting in Ungwan Fada and advancing through Ungwan Turawa, Ungwan Makama, and finally Rubu.
The bandits attacked attendees at the Maranatha Baptist Church and St. Moses Catholic Church in Rubu hamlet, he stated.
“Three locals have been confirmed killed in the attacks, and two persons were left injured – one of them a man and a yet-to-be-identified woman. An unspecified number of other locals were also kidnapped,” according to reports.
“The bandits looted shops and carted away some valuables from the villages,” Aruwan said.
Aruwan said the Acting Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, expressed deep sadness and condemned the attack in the strongest terms.
She sent her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims as she prayed for the repose of their souls.
He said the Acting Governor also commiserated with the attacked churches and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“Security patrols are being conducted in the general area as investigations proceed,” Aruwan said.
The Kaduna Command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammad Jalige, also confirmed the incident, disclosing that the attack happened on Sunday while worshippers were in church.