Gunmen kill 7 people in attacks in Nigeria

Filed on July 4, 2021
Nigerian security forces are seen on the site of a sabotage attack. Photo: AFP

Gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked areas of Kaduna killing civilians.

At least seven persons were killed in separate gunmen attacks on communities in northwestern Nigeria’s Kaduna state, an official said on Saturday.

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked Chikun, Kajuru and Giwa areas of Kaduna since Friday, killing civilians, said Samuel Aruwan, the state’s commissioner for internal security and home affairs.

“We have lost about seven citizens,” Aruwan told reporters in the Kajuru area during a visit to affected communities on Saturday.

Among the victims were four persons who were kidnapped and shot to death by the gunmen in the Chikun area on Friday, he said, adding that another person was killed in the Giwa area on the same day.

Aruwan said the state government got a distress call in the early hours of Saturday from a community in the Kajuru area where two persons were killed by gunmen.

Security agencies are investigating the attacks, he said. There have been a series of gunmen attacks in Nigeria in recent months, leading to deaths and kidnappings.

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