The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has revealed that bandits attacking communities in Southern Kaduna crossed a bridge well manned by soldiers at Bakin Kogi market town to attack neighbouring Apiababun village in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf LGA.
According to SOKAPU, the attack came about 24 hours after over 20 of its kinsmen, including a pregnant woman, were killed in one single night in four villages of Chawai Chiefdom in the Kauru Local Government of Kaduna State.
The four villages were Ungwan Magali, Kigam, Kisico and Kikoba in the Kauru LGA.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by SOKAPU’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat, in Kaduna.
According to Binniyat, several houses were razed and farmlands destroyed by the attackers.
The statement read in part: “Less than 24 hours after assailants invaded four Chawai villages in Chawai Chiefdom, Kauru LGA in Southern Kaduna and killed over 20 persons in a single night, the attackers crossed a bridge well manned by soldiers at Bakin Kogi market town and invaded neighbouring Apiababun village in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf LGA. They killed a heavily pregnant woman, her two children and two children of her husband’s brother.
“Unguwan Magaji, which had suffered three previous attacks and killings from 2014, recorded eight deaths, while 75 homes were burnt, 37 farms, among others were destroyed.
“In Kigam, which has also suffered similar fate with Anguwan Magaji, six persons were killed and 52 homes burnt. In Kishoho, six persons were killed and 37 homes burnt. The violence in Kikoba claimed six persons, three critically injured, 12 houses burnt and 31 farms ravished by the attackers.”
The Kaduna State Police Command had yet to confirm the latest casualties.