Bandits have killed 10 persons in Zangon Kataf and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna barely 24 hours after killing seven in villages of Igabi and Kajuru councils.

The latest killings happened during attacks on Kurmin Gandu in Zango Kataf, Sabon Gayan and Ungwan Turai in Chikun local government area.

Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incidents in a statement Monday afternoon, said the bandits also razed 10 houses, two motorcycles and 50 bags of ginger in Kurmin Gandu.

According to him: “The military and other security agencies have reported the killing of 10 citizens in Zangon Kataf and Chikun local government areas.

“In Zangon Kataf, Kurmin Gandu village was attacked by armed bandits, with five persons killed listed as: Ishaya Aboi, Regina Ishaya, Goodluck Dauda, Joseph Adamu and Hassan Joseph.

“In addition, 10 houses, two motorcycles and 50 bags of ginger were set ablaze. Some dry season farmers lost water pumping machines and other valuables around the Zango Urban general area.

“Some survivors of the attack are recuperating in hospital. Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are in progress, and information arising from this will be communicated to the public.

“In addition, it took the military hours to contain what would have resulted in further violence in the general area.

“Similarly, security agencies reported that armed bandits attacked Sabon Gayan village in Chikun local government area and killed four persons: Ashahabu Abubakar, Ado Rilwanu, Sabo Iliya and Mannaseh Matthias Danjuma

“As of the time of this update, troops of Operation Thunder Strike are combing identified criminal hideouts in the Sabon Gayan area, following reports that several bandits sustained bullet wounds.

“In another incident, bandits attacked Ungwan Turai, also in Chikun local government area, and killed one Ayuba Waziri.

“Receiving the reports, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness at the attacks and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, while praying for the repose of their souls. He also wished those injured a quick recovery.