The armed group attack on Kaya community, Giwa Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Saturday night which reportedly claimed 14 lives, was a reprisal operation by the armed group on the community, police said.
Mohammed Jalige, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command told Humangle: “It was an attack carried out by the armed group to avenge the alleged killing of three of its men last Friday by the community.”
He could not give the exact casualty figure in the attack in which, according to an eye witness, Aminu Mallam, the armed group killed seven persons instantly.
“The problem between the armed group and the community began last Friday when members of the community accosted a group of kidnappers passing by, who had kidnapped some people in a neighbouring village in Katsina State, engaging them in a fight, intent on getting the abductees freed,” Jalige told HumAngle.
“Some members of an armed group came to the aid of the alleged kidnappers, subsequently killing a member of the community.”
“On Saturday, the residents of the Kaya community saw three (Fulani) men passing by and, observing that they could be members of the armed group that killed one of them the previous day, immediately pounced on them and, allegedly, killed them.”
“This why the armed group, as you heard, stormed the Kaya on a reprisal attack to avenge the killing of three of their own.”
Jalige said the police were conducting a ‘comprehensive” investigation to determine the exact cause of the attacks and the casualty figure.
HumAngle reports that at least 14 persons were reported killed by suspected terrorists Saturday night at Kaya village in Giwa Local Government of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
According to sources in the village, the gunmen attacked the village at about 7:30 pm, injuring an undisclosed number of people as well as setting houses and cars ablaze.