Suspected herdsmen on Friday attacked Chibuak and Kigudu II communities in Kauru local government area of Kaduna State, killing at least 20 people.
Residents of Kigudu II told journalists the gunmen returned when the villagers were preparing for a mass burial for some of the victims on Saturday but were repelled by security operatives who supervised the programme.
The Parish Priest of Damakasuwa Outstation, Rev. Fr. Aron Tanko, who oversees the two communities, confirmed the incident to journalists.
He said 20 people were killed in the attack while some villagers are still missing.
The parish priest added that nine people were killed in Chibuak village and 11 murdered in Kigudu II.
He said: “The attacks took place on Thursday and Friday at midnight.
“Chibuak was attacked on Thursday and nine people were killed. They attacked Kigudu II on Friday night and killed 11 people.
“Some people are still missing, so I cannot conclusively say this is the casualty figure. Some of those killed are my parishioners while others are Protestants.
“We were preparing for the mass burial for our parishioners this morning (Saturday) in Kigudu II but we could not do it when the herdsmen came attacking us again.
“But they were repelled by the security personnel. Nobody was killed or injured. We couldn’t even conduct proper mass burial, we just offered simple prayers and they were buried.
“Many of our villagers are at the mercy of Fulani herdsman. They are always well-armed and they invade our communities and kill people at will.”
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