From Aminu Dalhatu (Kaduna)

Bandits have killed 23 people in various attacks across five local government areas of Kaduna State.

A Statement by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan says Government has received reports from security agencies of the killing of soft targets in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kauru local government areas.

According to the statement, 10 citizens are killed in Birnin Gwari by bandits on Ungwan Gajere, Kutemeshi ward while three were injured during the attacked.

In Igabi local government area, bandits shot dead one Dayyabu Yahuza between Sarkin Baka and Dankyawai village, near Gidan Kurmi while in Giwa local government area, armed bandits invaded Janbaba village, one Yakubu Sule was shot dead.

The statement reveals that, in Kishisho village, Kauru local government area, gunmen killed five persons while in Chikun local government area, five citizens were also killed by bandits in Gwagwada-Kasaya village in Kunai ward.

Similarly, in Agwa, Chikun Local Government Area, one Bitrus Joseph was shot dead in an attack by bandits, also in Chikun local government area, one bandit was killed near Bugai, when members of the community repelled an attack.

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, expressed sadness over the attacks and sent his condolences to the families that lost their loved ones.

He offered prayers for the repose of the souls of the slain, and a speedy recovery for the injured.

“As of the time of this security update, the air platforms of the Nigerian Air Force are trailing and engaging bandits in some locations in Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Giwa and Igabi LGAs, and citizens will be briefed upon the receipt of operational feedback”

Governor El-Rufai is wishing the military success in the ongoing operation as he awaits reports.