A day after Kaduna State Governor vowed that there shall neither be peace nor pardon for bandits within Kaduna State territory; the bandits have killed 23 persons across five local government areas in the state within the last 24 hours.
The attacks took place on soft targets in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kauru local government areas.
In Birnin Gwari LGA, 10 citizens were killed by bandits in an attack on Ungwan Gajere, Kutemeshi ward.
The victims were identified as:
Abdu Hasan; Sufyanu Musa; Faisal Zubairu; Abdullahi Hasan; Ali Abdu; Rabiu Aliyu; Zubairu Yau; Bukar Yusuf; Mamman Ibrahim; Dankande Musa The following were injured in the attack: Baushi Alu; Rabe Sani; Usama Sani
In Igabi local government area, bandits shot dead one Dayyabu Yahuza between Sarkin Baka and Dankyawai village, near Gidan Kurmi.
In Giwa local government area, armed bandits invaded Janbaba village, one Yakubu Sule was shot dead.
In Kishisho village, Kauru local government area, gunmen suspected to be from a neighboring state killed five persons, listed as:
Danlami Sunday; Abbas Abou; Sati Yakubu; Shaba John; John Francis.
In Chikun local government area, five citizens were killed by bandits in Gwagwada-Kasaya village in Kunai ward.
They are: Habila Ibrahim; Samaila Audu; John Musa; Birnin Aboki; Ali Aboki
Similarly, in Agwa, Chikun LGA, one Bitrus Joseph was shot dead in an attack by bandits.
Also in Chikun local government area, one bandit was killed near Bugai, when members of the community repelled an attack.
However, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the attacks.
The Governor sent his condolences to the families that lost their loved ones. He offered prayers for the repose of the souls of the slain, and a speedy recovery for the injured.
As of the time of this security update, the air platforms of the Nigerian Air Force are trailing and engaging bandits in some locations in Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Giwa and Igabi LGAs, and citizens will be briefed upon the receipt of operational feedback.
Governor El-Rufai, however, wished the military success in the ongoing operation as he awaits reports.