12 killed in fresh Southern Kaduna attack

12 killed in fresh Southern Kaduna attack

- Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have attacked the Asso Community in Jemaa local government area of Southern Kaduna

- The attack occurred on Saturday, April 15, shortly after a peace and reconciliation meeting between the natives and the Fulani

- Governor Nasir El-Rufai extends his condolence to the victims and their families, while affirming that security operations are being ramped to rid the forest areas of the bandits

A renewed attack on the residents of Asso Community in Jemaa local government area of Southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen has left 12 persons dead and several others injured.

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The Punch, citing an account by a source, reports that the attack occurred on Saturday, April 15, when gunmen invaded the community and opened fire on residents of the area.

According to the source, the invaders shot sporadically as they entered the village, at 6.00pm shortly after a peace and reconciliations meeting between the natives and the Fulani.

Those injured, according to him, were rushed to the Kafanchan General Hospital, in Jemaa LG for medical treatment.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the attackers were heavily armed, and that the operation lasted for about 30 minutes without any help from the security agencies deployed to the area.

Though the attack has been confirmed by the Kaduna police command, it stated that it was yet to receive details of the casualties as at the time of filing thus report.

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NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the attack on Asso community in Jema’a local government area of the Kaduna state occurred as Nigerians were beginning to heave a sigh of relief over the Southern Kaduna crisis.

Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson to Nasir El-Rufai, said the governor condemned the act.

The governor extended his condolence to the victims and their families, while affirming that security operations are being ramped to rid the forest areas of the bandits.

He charged security agencies to redouble their efforts in fishing out those behind the killings, and to act promptly on carefully vetted intelligence.

NAIJ.com visits Southern Kaduna where residents narrate how herdsmen allegedly prevented them from getting Red Cross relief materials. Watch:

Source: Naij.com

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