Three villages in Kaduna State, yesterday, suffered a gruesome attack, allegedly by Fulani herdsmen in which about 200 were feared dead and several houses razed.
The villages in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State were identified as Sankwai, Tekum and Unguwarr Gata inhabited by native Moroa people in Manchok chiefdom, about 250km south of Kaduna metropolis.
Confirming the attack, Kaduna State police spokesman, DSP Aminu Lawan said he could not ascertain the casualty figure, saying detectives had been sent to the affected villages to verify the situation of things.
A 45-year-old man from Sankwai village, identified as Gideon Bughu said some gunmen numbering over 50 first came on Friday night and attacked the village. Some gunmen, he stated, later came, yesterday, around 4am, and attacked the other villages.
“They fired into homes. As women and children scampered to escape, they were shot and later cut with machetes. They they set our homes on fire. If you stayed inside, you were burnt. If you run out, they shoot at you. The men stayed inside, so most of those burnt were men. But the villagers managed to kill some of the Fulani men, some of whom wore army uniform,” Sunday Vanguard quoted the man as saying over the phone.
“I escaped but I have bullet wounds as I speak. I am at an hospital somewhere in Jos.
“I am told that about 45 people in my village were burnt. And 30 shot and cut with machetes.”
Sunday Vanguard learnt that similar attacks were carried out in Tekum and Unguwar Gata, with sources putting deaths figure at between 75 and 80 in Unguwar Gata, while, in Tekum, those who died were said to be between 60 and 70 with scores injured.
Confirming the incident, Kaduna State police spokesman, DSP Aminu Lawan said: “I have been briefed by the District Police Officer in Manchok that three villages in that axis were attacked with a number of casualty and some homes burnt. But I cannot tell you the number of casualty now. We have sent detectives to the place to ascertain what happened. We have also sent troops who are now combing the surrounding hills for the murderers. We also gathered that the villagers were able to kill some of the invaders.”