Four persons were reportedly killed and a woman critically injured yesterday when gunmen launched attack at Bakin Kogi village, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.
The injured woman was reportedly taken to an unnamed hospital in Kafanchan for medical care.
Locals who confirmed the development through telephone calls said the victims were palm wine tappers who came from another community to conduct their business, while their assailants attacked them in the bush and killed four of them even as one managed to escape with injuries.
A resident, who does not want his name in print for security reason, said: “Those that were killed were not members of Bakin Kogi, but they were palm wine tappers from another community.
“They were in the bush tapping palm wine when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen. I cannot tell you where they came from for now. But they are not from our community here.
“Policemen have visited the place and evacuated their bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you.”
Another source claimed that: “The attackers in their numbers around 9am stormed the village from the outskirt of the village and shot sporadically at innocent persons killing four and injured one. Other people at the scene escaped unhurt, while the victims died of bullet wounds.”
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, requested for more time before he could respond, saying: “So many things are happening at the same time. I cannot confirm this to you now. Give me till tomorrow.”
However, the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, was quoted to have confirmed the incident though he was yet to get full detail as at press time.
“The District Police Officer and the Area Commander are collating assessment reports at the affected community,” he said.