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Gunmen Invade Southern Kaduna Village, Kill Two, Burn Houses



Gunmen at the weekend, stormed a community in Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna State, killed two.

The gunmen also injured many defenceless natives and set many houses on fire.

The umbrella body of all the people from southern Kaduna, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), stated that a large number of gunmen invaded Manyi-Mashin village in the early hours of Friday killing the two persons and carting away valuables.

Mr Luka Binniyat, SOKAPU’s National Publicity Secretary, said that the two persons were burnt to ashes in their homes, pointing out that the month of September has been bloody in the area.

“Early this morning, (11th September 2020) Manyi-Mashin village, in Zamandabo ward, in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern Kaduna, was invaded by hordes of Fulani armed men who burnt down almost all the houses in the village, looting and carting away valuables.

“Two persons were burnt in their homes beyond recognition: They are Cecilia Ishaya, 62, a widow and mother of 6 children and Iliya Sunday, 56, who left behind 8 children.

“Though men of Operation Safe Heaven promptly responded, the militia fled before their arrival.”

“This was after Fulani militia on the 8th September 2020 lay ambush for three Atyap youths from Atakmawei in same Zamandabo Ward in Atyap Chiefdom, as they went to clear weed in their Sugar cane farm about a kilometre from their village.”

“Suddenly, armed herdsmen came from hiding and struck. They descended on them with daggers and machetes. Anthony Magaji, 25, a final year HND student of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, was hacked down. They axed his neck and head with macabre wounds and killed him instantly.

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