Posted by News Express | 19 July 2017 | 1,941 times
Tragedy struck again in Kaduna State on Tuesday as 37 people were reported killed in Kajuru Local Government Area.
The incident came barely three days after four herdsmen were said to have been killed by gunmen in the same place.
The fresh round of violence is said to have erupted between farmers and herders, leaving many other people injured in Kajuru which is about 50 kilometres from Kaduna, the state capital.
A witness said that the crisis started when some Fulani youths stormed Ungwan Uka village to avenge the death of a certain herdsman allegedly killed by some village youths at a farm in the area.
The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Agyole Abeh confirmed the incident to Channels Television correspondent.
He added that policemen and soldiers had been deployed to the troubled area to ensure peace returns to the community.
Earlier, the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Abdullahi Ibrahim had said that the previous attack which left four herdsmen dead followed the abduction of two Fulani indigenes in the area.
Ibrahim added that the gunmen had also attacked Tsonho Damishi community in Chikun Local Government Area where they destroyed houses.
He had described the attacks as unwarranted and provoking, and appealed to members of the association to remain calm while calling on security agencies to bring the killers to justice.
In the third attack which occurred in the first week of July, bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers killed two policemen and a civilian in the Maigana District of Soba Local Government Area.
The incident happened when the policemen engaged the bandits, who have been terrorising communities in the region, in a gun battle.
The Police Commissioner, who also confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said his men were on a routine patrol in the area when they were ambushed by the gunmen who opened fire on them. (Channels TV)
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