No fewer than seven persons were killed, weekend, by unknown gunmen, while eight others sustained gunshot injuries at Sabon Sara, near Kidandan village in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It was learned that the hoodlums attacked the village at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday in an attempt to kidnap one Alhaji Nasidi, a large scale farmer in the area.
The deceased include Ibrahim Bakanike, Lawal S/pawa, Lawal Belo, Tukur Kafinta and Ummaru Mai Rake, while one Fatima Ahmad died as a result of high blood pressure.
Those injured were Abdullahi Umar, Aminu Ya’u, Rabilu Isa, Salisu Usman, Sabi’u Ya’u, Muhammad Musa, Ibrahim Sani and Sani Ahmad Buzu, while another victim, Yahuza Tukur, was hospitalised because of high blood pressure.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the gunmen who stormed the village in large numbers, were unable to kidnap the farmer but whisked away his wife.
The source added that the villagers mobilised themselves and chased the gunmen and eventually retrieved the woman from captivity.
“In an attempt to rescue the woman, the bandits opened fire on us killing six persons, while eight others people among us escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The deceased have been buried according to Islamic rites in the presence of Giwa Local Government Chairman, Abubakar Giwa, and Council Secretary, Alhaji Usman Ismail, while the eight injured persons were rushed to Kauran Wali Clinic in Zaria,” the source said.
Contacted on his mobile phone, the Council Secretary, Usman Ismail, confirmed the incident and appealed to members of the community to remain calm.
Also confirming the attack, Public Relations Officer of the state’s police command, Yakubu Sabo, said the gunmen stormed the village in the early hours of Saturday, adding that in their attempt to kidnap one Alhaji Na Sidi, a seasoned farmer in the village, they started shooting sporadically in every direction, which led to the death of five people initially.
According to him, normalcy has since returned to the area as mobile policemen were drafted to the community to maintain law and order.