Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday invaded Kukum Daji village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing no fewer than 21 residents.
The attackers stormed the community on motorcycles around 10:30 p.m., shooting sporadically during a wedding event.
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It was gathered that more than 30 persons sustained varying degrees of injuries. According to an eyewitness 17 persons, mostly youths that attended the wedding party, died on the spot, while others were later confirmed dead at the Kafanchan General Hospital.
The eyewitness also said that the attackers shot indiscriminately as they approached the village, and added that some villagers are still missing. He also stated that some of those that sustained injuries during the attacks were taken to the Kafanchan General Hospital for treatment.
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The president of the community association, Yashen Titus, told journalists on Monday that the victims were shot dead at an after-wedding party in one of the houses in the village.
Titus said the gunmen invaded the community around 10.35pm on Sunday and shot indiscriminately, killing 17 people on the spot while several others sustained gunshot wounds.
He said, “Some of the villagers are still missing and we don’t know their state. We cannot even search deep into the bush because security agents have yet to be deployed in the community.”
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, while condemning the fresh attack on Kukum Daji, also alleged that five persons including children, were killed on Friday by suspected Fulani militia.
The Public Relations Officer of the SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, also condemned the inaction of the state government in seeking solution to the massacre of the Southern Kaduna people.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the fresh attack of Monday. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the incident, however, said the Command had yet to ascertain the casualty figures. Jalige also added that security had been beefed up in the village and its environs.
“Yes, there was an attack on Kukum Daji Village of Kaura Local Government area yesterday night.
“The area has been fortified, but we have yet to confirm the number of casualties.” the police spokesman said.