Gunmen kill 34 in attack on Christian community in Nigeria’s Kaduna state

Gunmen killed 34 people and razed several houses on Sunday, September 26, in an attack on Madamai village in the Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) in Kaduna state, Nigeria.

Seven others injured in the raid were taken to hospital.

The attackers invaded the village in large numbers around 7 p.m.

Confirming the incident, Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for internal security and internal affairs, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Aruwan said troops called to the scene managed to force the attackers to withdraw after an intense exchange of gunfire. He added that the attackers set fire to several houses at one end of the village. Troops extinguished fires in three of the houses, saving six villagers.

Michael Magaji, a church leader near Kafanchan, also verified the incident the next day.

He reported that the attackers sporadically fired in the air during the attack and that most of the victims were women and children. Thirteen members of the same family were among those killed.

“We intend to have a mass burial to bring the world’s attention to what is happening to our people,” he announced. The population of the LGA of Kaura is 95% Christian.

Governor El-Rufai has pledged that the Kaduna state government will cover the full cost of treating injured victims, Aruwan said.

The commissioner conveyed the governor’s condolences to the bereaved and expressed his condemnation of “the horrific attack, which he described as an unspeakable manifestation of wickedness, deserving the harshest form of punishment”.

The incident took place on the same day as a fatal shooting attack during an attack on a religious service in Gabaciwa, Kachia LGA, also in Kaduna state.

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