Terrorists have killed eight persons and injured four others in separate attacks Tuesday morning in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, the state government said in a statement.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs said the terrorists barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road around Kadanye village in Kajuru Local Government Area, opened fire on a bus and a truck carrying firewood, killing five persons.
He identified the dead victims of the attack as Alfred Makinde —the bus driver—, Abdulrahman Dela, Dauda Adamu, Umar Dauda, and Abdulrasheed Musa.
The terrorists also left three persons identified as Murtala Ibrahim, Ali Manager, and Abdullahi (full name unknown) injured, adding that they are currently receiving treatment in hospital.
According to the statement, the terrorists proceeded to the Kaduna-Kachia and barricaded the road at the Doka axis of Kajuru Local Government Area and shot at a truck, killing the driver.
In another attack in Kachia Local Government Area, terrorists invaded a herders settlement in Inlowo village, and killed one Ibrahim Alhaji Haruna, before rustling 180 cows.
The attackers also shot at a vehicle, injuring two persons, Mansur Ibrahim and Muhammadu Aminu. Mansur Ibrahim later died in hospital while Muhammadu Aminu is receiving treatment at Akilbu village in Kachia LGA.
Aruwan assured that updates will be communicated to the citizenry.
He added that security agencies are presently conducting operations at identified locations in the crime areas, adding that the government would make details public on the receipt of operational feedback.
Insecurity and mass abduction have been on the rise in recent times in Kaduna State, and entire Northwest Nigeria.
Last week, 15 abducted persons were rescued in a series of operations by men of the Nigeria Police Force in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
In March, some terrorists stormed and kidnapped over 30 students in an overnight raid on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in the state.
Five of the abducted students were reported to have been released after five weeks in captivity while the rest are still in captivity.
Parents of the victims have also carried out peaceful protests to the state government and have volunteered to pay ransoms to hasten the release of their children.
The abduction made it the fourth mass school abduction since Dec. 2020 in a country where violence is on the increase.