Bandits have killed no less than 18 people in the Kaduna State local government areas of Giwa, Chikun, and Igabi.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident.
Recently, the three local government areas have been under persistent assault by bandits.
Bandits attacked Anaba village in the Igabi local government district, according to Aruwan, and killed seven people. Ali Musa, Isa Sharehu, Tijjani Isa, Auwalu Shehu, Hashim Abdullahi, Hassan Saidu, and Umar Rilwanu were the names he gave them.
The bandits also burned down many of the houses in the village, along with storehouses and barns, while they also rustled no less than 20 cows during the operation.
Likewise, in the Chikun local government area, the bandits also attacked Barinje village, killing eight people, including Sunday Gwamna, Lawal Jizo, Salha Barau, Sabo Barau, Umaru Barau, Muhammadu Dan Azumi, Zailani Dogara, and Jikan Gambo.
Some village residents were also kidnapped and cattle rustled during the attack, while in hospitals an unspecified number of wounded victims are undergoing treatment.
In another activity, the loosely linked communities of Kwarten Rigasa, Kwarten Waziri, and Kwarten Shaku in the Igabi local government area were targeted by armed bandits.
In a cattle rustling activity, the bandits allegedly emerged from the Buruku area and raided the villages, and killed one Danjuma Isa from the neighboring Ungwan Kanti village as he made his way to Kwarten Rigasa on foot.
Similarly, in Birnin Yero, Igabi local government district, armed bandits invaded Sanhu Makera village and killed one Yakubu Abdullahi, a farmer in the village, while another individual was killed in unusual circumstances by unidentified assailants at the Ministerial Pilot Housing Estate, Millennium Region, Chikun local government area.
According to Aruwan, via targeted air operations, the attacks on soft targets at Anaba and Barinje villages in Igabi and Chikun LGAs respectively followed the killing of several armed bandits.
He revealed that air platforms had previously carried out armed reconnaissance around the village of Anaba during which the crew observed houses on fire and locals fleeing to nearby
He further revealed that soldiers in Kankomi village and neighboring communities as well as Kuyanbana forest neutralized several bandits on motorcycles, although many of them escaped with bullet wounds.
However, the security agencies appealed to the communities to send to the Security Operations Room anybody identified with suspected bullet wounds.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai, meanwhile, expressed his sorrow at the tragic events and sent his condolences to the families of all those killed in the attacks, while offering prayers for their souls to rest. He also hopes for a fast recovery for the wounded.