Over 30 dead in attacks on Christian community in Kaduna State, Nigeria
Attacks by suspected Fulani militants on a Christian community in Kaduna State, Nigeria, have left 32 people dead.
The attacks were carried out on Sunday June 5 between noon and 6 p.m. on the villages of Ungwan Gamu, Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki and Maikori in the Kajuru local government area.
A number of houses were razed in the villages and a church in Dogon Noma was burnt down.
In a statement, the Adara Development Association said the militants arrived on 150 motorbikes, each carrying three people armed with AK-47s.
About 80% of the Adara are Christians.
A mass funeral held the following day had to be halted due to sightings of terrorists in nearby bushes.
The statement confirmed that an unknown number of residents were missing, some of whom believed to have been abducted by the militants.
A Nigerian Air Force helicopter was dispatched to the area to pursue the terrorists. Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner of Homeland Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, explained, “The helicopter intercepted the bandits at the last location (Ungwan Maikori) and engaged them as they retreated, before ground troops arrive in the general area.”