Officially, no fewer than seven lives were lost on Saturday, as aggrieved youths from Gora Gan, in Zagon Kataf Local Government attacked Kauru and Lere Local Government Areas of the state, for the killing of seven of their kith and kin by suspected Fulani herdsmen some two days ago.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incidents in a statement hours after the attacks occurred.
Aruwan said the fresh attack was a reprisal campaign by aggrieved youths, following the killing of seven persons at Gora Gan in Zangon Kataf.
The security agencies reported that seven people were killed in a counter-killing in Ungwan Idi and Kasheku villages of Kauru LGA while two herders were injured at Ningi village in Lere LGA.
Aruwa also noted that troops were searching for five persons whose whereabouts were unknown after the attack, while six huts were burnt in the incident.
Reacting to the fresh attacks, Governor Nasir El-Rufai described the counter killing of “innocent citizens of Atyap and Fulani ethnicity as unfortunate”.
The governor decried the resort to violence, noting that it was not a solution to grievances and disputes but a tragic way to escalate matters and drag people into more pains and misery.
He directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected families with immediate effect.