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’24 killed’ in fresh Kaduna attack

’24 killed’ in fresh Kaduna attack
July 20
16:47 2020

Gunmen invaded Kukum-Daji village in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state on Sunday, killing 24 people.

The attackers were said to have stormed the community around 10pm on Sunday when the villagers, mainly young people, were still celebrating a wedding that was conducted earlier in the day.

A community leader in the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attackers opened fire on the crowd immediately they arrived at the village.

He said 16 people were killed on the spot, adding that over 30 people who sustained serious injuries were taken to Throne Room Hospital, Kafanchan, St. Gerald Hospital and Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, both in Kaduna.

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He said eight of those taken to the hospitals later died.

“The attack took place around 10pm and lasted for about an hour. The herdsmen came in a convoy of motorcycles and they were armed with guns,” he said.

“We had a wedding earlier in the day and the youth continued with celebrations into the night. They opened fire and killed 16 people on the spot, 32 others were seriously injured and rushed to Throne Room Hospital, Kafanchan, St. Gerald Hospital, Kaduna and Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna. I am made to understand that eight of those taken to the hospitals have died.

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“As I am talking to you, everybody here is enraged by this attack. People are not happy. It is raining heavily here but a large number of people are out in the rain weeping over this wicked act.”

He alleged that the government has failed in its primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties.

“The government and security agencies have failed us. We don’t know where to go, we don’t know who to believe in. It is the constitutional responsibility of government to protect lives and property, but this government has failed us woefully,” he said.

“People are asking why government allows herdsmen to move about freely with guns to kill people? Since the government has failed in tackling these killers, we should be allowed to also carry arms like them.

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“I swear if these bastards know that we also have guns to defend ourselves, they will not just walk in and kill us like animals and walk away scot free.

”So I am using this medium to appeal that since government has failed in its responsibility to protect its citizens from criminals, we should also be allowed to carry arms like them to defend ourselves.”

Mohammed Jalige of the Kaduna state police command, had not responded to inquiries on the attack as of the time this report was filed.

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