Kaduna: Four killed in reprisal attacks, as more troops are deployed in flashpoints

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Military and police authorities have informed the Kaduna State Government that four persons have been killed in further reprisal attacks in Zangon-Kataf LGA on the night on Saturday, 19th December 2020.

According to Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State Samuel Aruwan, troops under the auspices of “Operation Safe Haven” (OPSH) had earlier reported the killing of seven persons at Gora Gan in Zangon Kataf local government and the counter-killing of seven herders at Ungwan Idi and Kasheku of Kauru local government.

Aruwan said an update from the military received on Sunday morning informed the government that following clearance operations at Ungwan Gaiya, Ungwan Gimba and Ungwan Makama of Zangon Kataf local government, three more corpses were recovered, two of which had been identified as Noel Markus (35 years), Titus Thomas (32) and One unidentified herder.

He said two mobile phones were also recovered.

Aruwan further stated that the corpses and other valuables were handed over to the police for further investigation and analyses.

He said the military also reported that one citizen was killed in Apimbu village of the same local government.

Aruwan added that the deceased was identified as 35-year-old Kambai Yohanna.

He said the military also confirmed that two houses were burnt in the Apimbu attack.

In the meantime, troops of the “Operation Safe Haven” and Special Forces are carrying out operations in Kauru and Zangon Kataf local government areas.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai who sent condolences to the families that lost their loved ones on behalf of Kaduna State Government, reiterated the need for aggrieved individuals and groups to seek recourse to the law instead of resorting to illegal and violent methods of settling grievances.

The Governor commended security agencies, traditional and religious institutions, community leaders and other critical stakeholders who remained committed to the peace building efforts of the government, despite the challenging situation.

He expressed thanks to the military and police high commands for the deployment of more personnel in the two local government areas, towards enhancing security.

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