Pregnant women, children among dozens killed in fresh Kaduna attack

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About 50 persons including a pastor, four pregnant women, children and a soldier were killed in an attack on Fadan-Karshi villages of Sanga Local Government of Kaduna State early Wednesday, residents and local officials said.

Witnesses who spoke to journalists said two other soldiers were seriously injured in the attack and are presently receiving treatment at the Gwantu General Hospital among hundreds of other residents.

Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State called for calm, saying those responsible will be brought to justice. He described the attack an “attempt by enemies of peace aimed at truncating the present stable atmosphere in the state”.

“It is sad and unfortunate that some devious characters from within the State are conniving with unpatriotic elements from outside to unleash unwarranted mayhem on communities that were hitherto less vulnerable to attacks,” a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ahmed Maiyaki, said.

The killings followed a series of attacks that have rocked the area since April 2014.

Over 300 people, mostly women and children, have died since then.

A resident, Mike Sanga, told journalists in Kaduna that the attackers invaded Fadan Karshi Daji and nearby communities burning houses including a church where several cars were parked.

“In our counting, 12 people were killed in Fadan Karshi, 30 in Fadan Karshi Daji, seven others in another community. A pastor and another person were also killed at Ungwar Ganye,” he said.

Another resident, Bitrus Solomon, who escaped the attack, said the gunmen came in the late hours of Tuesday 16th September 2014 at about 12am and set houses on fire.

“I was lucky I was not asleep and because my house is not close to where they started burning and shooting, I escaped into the bush. Those who could not run where shot dead at the spot while others were burnt in their homes,” said Mr. Solomon.

Mr. Bitrus said he counted more than 20 dead bodies after the raid.

The Vice Chairman of the Sanga Local Government Council, Bulus Anzah, said pregnant women, the elderly and children were killed while hundreds of residents fled their homes to unknown destinations.

Mr. Anzah, who spoke on behalf of the council chairman, Emmanuel Danzaria, said there were temporary camps set-up for some of the displaced persons and called on emergency agencies to support them.

“The attacks are getting worse every day. Some of the soldiers who attempted to repeal the attack were also injured. Another soldier was killed,” he said.

“Many of the injured are now receiving treatment at the Gwantu General hospital,” Mr. Anzah added.

An official of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, confirmed that over 50 people were killed in the attack.

The official who didn’t want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak with press, said several houses including a church were burnt to ashes. He put the number of the Internally Displaced Persons at over 10,000.

Meanwhile, a nongovernmental group, Centre Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy, CEDRA, described the attack as barbaric.

The group in a statement issued by John Danfulani said the assailants killed many people, wounded over 40, burned down homes, and destroyed farmlands.

“Not long ago, the same area witnessed mass killings by the same unknown gunmen. In as much as we know that the country is facing difficult security challenges, we believe government’s reaction in terms of providing relief to the affected communities and injured persons leaves much more to be desired,” the group said.

“Many a times, their interventions are too little too late, despite having agencies like NEMA and SEMA at the federal and State levels. Worse, is government’s lack of moral courage to boldly accept failure in its number one duty- which is safeguarding lives and properties,” the statement said.

The group also slammed elected and appointed public office holders from Southern Kaduna saying, “They are a gigantic disappointment for their refusal to draw the attention of government to attacks in Southern Kaduna”.


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  • amazing2012

    We will never vote for PDP and Jonathan who can not protect his citizens!

    • Reason

      That exactly is what the attackers and founders of boko haram want to achieve. Create impression of insecurity in the land and use it as excuse to sell a northern candidate.

  • Gideon Orkar

    Abokis and ethnic cleansing

    • Ide4u

      Blame GEJ for Nigerian woes!!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    These Abokis know that they lost the support of the christian minorities in the north, hence they have launched this genocide – ethnic cleansing, so that they can take over their lands. But like the Isrealies, they shall return to their lands and even seize more from the abokis as the isrealies are doing to the palestines at Gaza strip. It shall come to pass

  • Truth

    The political wing of boko haram out of desperation and frustration are trying to create a distraction. Our galant troops should not be distracted from the ongoing pounding of locations in North East. Boko haram is suffering heavy casualty hence the need for attacks on soft targets. The plan has failed because there will be no respite from bombing of terrorists locations. No retreat no surrender. God bless the Nigerian Army.

  • amazing2012

    REASON you might be right but the fact remain that no leadership without challenge, their must be enemies within. Pointing at reason of failure is not an excuse of failure but weakness. Having enemies is normal and not important but what you do with to them is most relevant. If I may ask you, what is Jonathan doing to Crush his enemies ? What is he doing to deal with those clearly become his enemies? Jonathan rule with fear, convince with weakness and get support using religion. Another question is that, us Jonathan the only credible leader Ijaw can produce, is the best leader Christians can provide? There are millions of credible Christians, Ijaws or southerners that can do better. Why do we focused ourselves to a fail leader ? Why do we limit our search to who fail to administer?