Kaduna boils again as arson, gunshots rock city

An explosion of fresh violence has gripped Kaduna in Nigeria’s north-west with arsons and gunshots reported across the city.

Residents say Unguwan Yero, Badarawa, Malali and parts of Unguwan Dosa boiled with violence as at Wednesday afternoon.

Hassan Hassan, a resident of Badarawa told PREMIUM TIMES he saw some houses being torched.

“People including women and children ran for their lives and their homes were torched,” Mr. Hassan said.

He added that soldiers arrived the Badarawa scene in truck, shooting sporadically to curtail the deteriorating crises.

On the verge of anarchy

Kaduna city, the capital of Kaduna state, is oscillating between momentary anarchy and fragile peace since Sunday’s wave of attacks.

Following three bomb attacks on worshiping Christians – two in Zaria and one in Kaduna – on Sunday, Christians launched a reprisal attack, targeting Muslims in the city. The reprisals triggered a series of attacks that has besieged the city since Sunday.

On Monday, counter reprisals in Barnawa area of the city was quickly defused by elders in the area, later joined by soldiers. 

Despite a 24-hour curfew imposed on the state capital, five bodies were recovered as victims of pockets of counter reprisals.

Mob attacks and lynching continued through Tuesday in discreet parts of the city. 

The Abuja-Kaduna road witnessed flashes of attacks on travellers. At Gonin Gora, a driver of an NNPC staff travelling to Abuja was killed in one of the flash attacks.

Despite a subsisting 24-hour curfew imposed on the city by the state government, settlements at the edge of the city still recorded clashes between men belonging to the different religious groups.

The Barnawa area of the city remained tensed through Tuesday night. Prompt arrival of soldiers quelled a second round of violence Tuesday night after a resident was machetted across  the shoulder by of one of the rival groups.

As normalcy was gradually returning to the city, Unguwan Yero, Badarawa, Malali and parts of Unguwan Dosa descended into chaos on Wednesday.


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