Herder killed in Zangon Kataf as bandits kill 1 in Chikun

NEWS DIGEST – A 30-year-old herder, Yakubu Aruwa, has been killed while grazing his cattle between Gora and Ungwan Pa area Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.

According to a statement by the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the victim was grazing with another herder, Muhammadu Sani (who escaped the attack) while the assailants overpowered Mr Aruwa.

The carcasses of three cows were recovered, with another three reported missing.

In another incident, armed bandits opened fire on motorists in Udawa, Chikun LGA and killed a driver, Danladi Maisamari.

“Furthermore, troops of Operation Thunder Strike rescued an abducted boy, 15-year old Doti Haruna, one of four boys abducted by bandits from Katambi, Kachia LGA. He was rescued by the troops during a patrol to Alewa village in the same LGA.

“The rescued boy revealed that another boy, Abdullahi Babale, was released. Both boys have however been reunited with their families.

“Further reports from security agencies and community leaders in Kizachi village, Kauru local government area have revealed two additional casualties from the attack reported on Friday.

“The two casualties are identified as Kururuwa Ali and Aweki Ibrahim Achinge.

“This now places the total casualty figure from the attack at 12 persons, as against the 10 indicated in initial reports.

“Also, a total of 74 houses have been confirmed razed, as against 56 initially reported.

Receiving the reports, Governor Nasir El-Rufai prayer for the repose of the victims’ souls, and commiserated with their families. He also wished the injured victims a quick recovery.

The governor also condoled the family of Yakubu Aruwa and reiterated that reprisal is not a viable solution to any grievance.

The killing of the herder, according to security agencies is linked to an earlier killing of a farmer, one Irmiya Godwin, who was killed last week after working in his farm in Gora Gan general area.