Kaduna — Six people were killed Monday night in an attack by bandits on communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The bandits were also said to have burnt eight houses, six huts, one motorcycle and destroyed maize crops.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident in a statement yesterday in Kaduna, said, the attacks took place on Monday.
Aruwan said the affected communities included Ungwan Magaji, Kigam, Kisicho and Kikoba villages in Kauru LGA.
Aruwan, who claimed Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks in the strongest terms, however, said reports from the Defence Headquarters' Operation Safe Haven, indicated the armed assailants attacked the communities early on Monday morning, killing six residents.
The statement listed the victims as Joseph Maza, Timvan Cibi Ciwo, Monday Titus, Asabe Magani, Laraba Danladi and Yosi Danladi.
"Responding to a distress call, troops arrived the location and engaged the attackers, forcing them to retreat. In addition to the casualties, it was reported that eight houses, six huts, one motorcycle and a generator were razed during the attack. Some maize crops were also destroyed.
"Governor El-Rufai expressed his sadness over the attack and condemned it as an action of depraved entities stripped of every shred of humanity," the commissioner said.
The governor, Aruwan said, prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims, and sent his condolences to their families and asked security agencies working in the area to sustain thorough investigations into the incident.
The statement added: "Investigations are ongoing in the general area. Government will keep the public abreast of developments in Kauru LGA.
"Similarly, the military and other security agencies are working with the governments of Kaduna and Plateau States, towards containing the renewed cycle of violence in Kauru LGA of Kaduna State and Bassa LGA of Plateau State."