No fewer than nine persons were killed on Sunday in Zango area of Bauchi metropolis following an attack carried out in the area by gunmen.
Seven others were injured in the midnight raid.
An eyewitness said five people died on the spot and four died at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi while receiving treatment.
It was gathered that the victims were under a tree playing draught when the three gunmen arrived on tricycle popularly called Keke NAPEP and opened fire on them.
The sporadic gunshots sent residents scampering for safety.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi state Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has described the attack as barbaric and inhuman.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Mr. Micheal Adeyemi, the governor described the attack as an act of terrorism which his administration and other governments in the country are fighting to eradicate.
The governor, while condoling with the families of all those who lost their loved ones in the dastardly act, prayed God to give them all the fortitude to bear the irreparable lose.
He called on them to take solace in God the giver and taker of lives and also wished all those that were injured quick recovery.
Yuguda, who described the assailants as terrorists, assured the people that the government would do everything humanly possible to track them down and bring them to book.
He said, “There is no way we will allow criminals and terrorists to continue to live among us, terrorizing innocent people, we must join hands to stop these barbarians.”