Residents of Banono and Ungwar Aku in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state have fled their villages to other towns after attack by unknown gunmen left 27 people dead, many others injured while 50 cows were rustled.
Kaduna State Police Command however confirmed the killing of 21 persons and rustling of 50 cows on Monday by armed bandits on motor bikes in Banono and Anguwan Aku villages, Kufana District of Kajuru LGA.
According to the Police Public Relation Officer of Kaduna state command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, “at about 0930HRS, we received a distress call that a group of armed men in large numbers on motor bikes entered Banono and Anguwan Aku both are remote neighbouring villages in Kufana district of Kajuru LGA.
“The attackers started shooting sporadically attacking the villagers and in the process shot and killed 21 persons, injured three others and torched 10 houses. The bandits also rustled about 50 cows.
“Combined teams of PMF personnel, conventional police, army and the local vigilante were promptly mobilized to the area, repelled the attack and evacuated both the dead and the injured to hospital.
“While efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing criminals, reinforcement of more police operatives have been drafted to the area for intensive combing and patrol with a view to forestall further breakdown of law and order/reprisal and arrest the perpetrators.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman is saddened by this attack and has reiterated the Command’s commitment to apprehend the culprits. He sincerely condoled the affected families on the irreparable losses.
“The Command appeals to members of the public to continue to assist the Police with useful information that could help in addressing these challenges and for the possible arrest of these criminals,” DSP Sabo said.