SOME gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have invaded Peigyim village, near Kibori, Atyap Chiefdom in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing 12 persons.
The attack, a source said, happened on Sunday evening during a downpour.
Although there was no official confirmation from the state police command, the spokesperson for the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Mr. Luka Binniyat, confirmed the attack.
Binniyat said, “It is very true. They also killed another man in Atakshusho village about 3km from the initial scene of crime as they were retreating to make an escape.
“That will bring to 13 those killed in Atyap land, in Zangon Kataf LGA in the past 24 hours. As usual, no one has been apprehended. We are awaiting details of the killings after which we shall issue a statement later today.”
The latest attack was coming in less than 24 hours after the murder of an ECWA Church Pastor, Rev. Silas Yakubu Ali, in the same council on Saturday.
The cleric was said to have been macheted to death by his assailants.
The source said, “They (attackers) came while it was raining and divided themselves into groups. They targetted specific houses and when done, they left immediately.
“Scores of the villagers are missing at the moment. It’s impossible for one to ascertain the number of those injured and even those killed, but so far, l have counted and found 11 dead bodies in different locations this (Monday) morning.”
Kaduna confirms killings
Confirming the development, the Kaduna State Government said no fewer than 12 persons were killed while two persons were injured during the attack on Peigyim village, near Kibori, Atyap Chiefdom.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said those injured by the assailants were currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
The commissioner gave the names of those killed as Philbia Ysuaf, Suzanna Ezekiel, Rahib Alex, Ishaku Bamaiyi, Deborah Ishaku, Tinat Bamaiyi,
Zichat Kefas, Sunday Daniel, Hauwa Gabriel, Fedelia Famson and Sadia Donald and Goodness