At least 17 persons were killed in fresh attack on Ungwan Barde in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state by gunmen in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
It was gathered that the massacre followed the death of a man identified as Danbuzu Beni who was killed on Saturday, as he went to his farm after voting.
When some members of the community noticed his absence they decided to send a team of five persons to go and search for him
On their way, the team met some armed men who asked them to go back, leading to an exchange between the two groups.
According to Linda Ikeja Blog, as the five persons, who were on bikes turned to go, they were given hot chase by the armed men and in the process, four escaped but one of them fell and has not been seen since yesterday.
Later the gunmen trailed the villagers to their community and attacked the village on Sunday morning, killing 16 persons including children
The Kaduna State Govt also confirmed the attack at Ungwan Barde community and extended it’s sympathy to the community and the families of the victims.
“Heads of security agencies in Kaduna state have informed Governor Elrufai of an attack on Ungwan Barde community by unknown bandits.l, today, 10th March” the statement reads.
“The government condemns this violent attack and extends it’s sympathy to the families of the victims and the entire community. The security agencies have informed the Governor that measured are being taken to contain the situation and secure the general area. More troops have been deployed to the community while the Nigerian Air Force personnel are carrying out aerial surveillance and reconnaissance. The security agencies will provide further updates. The Governor has also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to proceed to the community for immediate assessment and delivery of relief materials. The government appeals to all our communities to do their utmost for peace and harmony”
A Kaduna engineer, Steven Kefae posted photos from the mass burial. Read his post Below:
I am heartbroken right now, not because of the elections but because of the massacre of my people in Ungwan Barde Kajuru yesterday.
As I type this post, Ikirimi village in Iri and Dogon Noma village in ungwan Gamo of Maro , all in Kajuru LG are under attack right now.
I am deeply saddened by these sad developments.
May the souls of the massacred rest in peace.
See graphic photos below… Viewers discretion advised.